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She (1935)

Country of Origin: USA
Year of Production: 1935
Running Times: 96 mins
Format: black and white (tinted) 35mm
Ratio: 1.37:1
Sound: mono

CREDITS

PRODUCTION
Production Company: RKO Radio Pictures Inc
Producer: Merian C. Cooper
Associate Producer: Shirley C. Burden

SCRIPT
Adaptation: Ruth Rose
Dialogue: Ruth Rose
Additional Dialogue: Dudley Nichols
Novel: H. Rider Haggard

DIRECTION
Directors: Lansing C. Holden, Irving Pichel
1st Assistant Director: Harry D'Arcy (uncredited)
2nd Assistant Director: Charles Kerr (uncredited)

PHOTOGRAPHY
Director of Photography: J. Roy Hunt
Camera Operator: Eddie Pyle
Assistant Camera: Charles Burke, James Daly
Gaffer: Leo Green
Head Grip: Marvin Woods

EDITING AND POST PRODUCTION
Editor: Ted Cheesman
Assistant Film Editor: Ralph Spotts

MUSIC
Music: Max Steiner
Harp Solos: Edward B. Powell
Orchestrators: Maurice De Packh, Bernhard Kaun
Music Recording: P.J. Faulkner Jr

SOUND
Sound Recording: John L. Cass
Sound Effects: Walter Elliott, Lee Steiner (uncredited)

MAKE UP AND COSTUMES
Make Up: Carl Axcelle (uncredited), Robert J. Schiffer (uncredited)
Hair: Hollis Barnes (uncredited)
Costume Designers: Aline Bernstein, Harold Miles
Wardrobe: Eleanor Fieldhouse, Sandy

SPECIAL EFFECTS
Special Effects: Vernon L. Walker
Matte Photography: Guy Newhard
Optical Effects: Linwood G. Dunn

DESIGN AND SET CONSTRUCTION
Art Director: Van Nest Polglase
Associate Art Director: Alfred Herman
Mosaic Throne Design: Alex Hall
Set Decorator: Thomas Little
Set Dresser: Thomas Little (uncredited)
Property Master: Charles Sayers (uncredited)
Production Illustrators: Dan Sayre Groesback, Roland Gross, Dennis Holden, Lansing C. Holden, Stanley Johnson, Mario Larrinaga, Harold Miles, Charles Ohmann, George Russell, R. Doulton Stott, Vsevolod Ulianoff (all uncredited)

MISCELLANEOUS
Continuity: Gloria Truebe
Technical Advisor: Dr Luido Gorgastin
Researcher: Elizabeth McGaffey
Assistant to Cooper: Zoe Porter
Nurse: Esther Coleman
Dance Director: Benjamin Zemach

CAST
Helen Gahagan (Ayesha (She))
Randolph Scott (Leo Vincey)
Helen Mack (Tanya Dugmore)
Nigel Bruce (Horace Holly)
Julius Adler (high priest - uncredited)
Ray Corrigan, Jerry Frank (guards - uncredited)
Arnold Gray, Bill Wolfe (priests - uncredited)
Lumsden Hare (Dugmore - uncredited)
Samuel S. Hinds (John Vincey - uncredited)
Noble Johnson (Amahaggar chief - uncredited)
Jim Thorpe (Captain of the Guard - uncredited)
Gustav von Seyffertitz (Billali - uncredited)

SUMMARY

Leo Vincey learns from his dying uncle about a lost world in Siberia. He puts together an expedition and sets off in search of the fabled land and its magical fire that bestows immortality on anyone who enters it. They eventually reach the lost city of Kor and meet its immortal queen, Ayesha, She Who Must Be Obeyed who believes that Vincey is her long-lost lover John Vincey, Leo's ancestor who discovered Kor 500 years before.

CAPSULE REVIEW

On a technical and creative level, She can be seen as a textbook case on how to produce a fantasy adventure motion picture, if the resources are available. But despite its undoubted technical virtuosity and stunning appearance, thanks to serious shortcomings in most of the other areas of its production, this remains a deeply flawed work, and therefore a minor addition to genre cinema. (Full Review)

AVAILABILITY

USA
Theatrical Distributor: RKO Radio Pictures Inc
Video Distributors: The Fang; Cape Copy Center; Kino Video

<AWARDS

1936
Academy Awards, USA

Best Dance Direction (Benjamin Zemach - for Hall of Kings) - nominated

TIMELINE

1935
July

12: USA - theatrical release

1949
November

14: Denmark - theatrical release

POSTER TAGS

From H. Rider Haggard's weird, wondrous story of the beautiful woman who bathed in flame and lived 500 years... at last to find her first love at this very hour!

LINKS

REMAKE OF
She (1908)
She (1911)
She (1916)
She (1917)
She (1925)

REMAKES
She (1965)
She (2001)

REFERENCES

MAGAZINES

TV Times 16 - 22 September 1989 pp.23; 31
review; credits

Video Watchdog 33 p.6
review

KEYWORDS

the arctic, africa, avalanches, books into film, cannibalism, expeditions, explorers, fire, glaciers, gold, human sacrifice, immortality, jealousy, jungles, legends, letters, lost worlds, queens, radiation sickness, reincarnation, rituals, royalty, scientists, siberia, temples, uncles


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