Here they are, 10 determined females to be reckoned with.
The sultriest, shapeliest and most calculating women in
Steamed up: The Phantom Rider, Test Pilot, Flash
The one to watch: Flash Gordon
Why: Darkly demonic Lawson blends pathos
and lust as the lovelorn Princess Aura, daughter of Ming,
who pines away for tousle-haired Buster Crabbe.
In a word: Aura-some
Steamed up: The Black Hills, Space Patrol, Missile
to the Moon
The one to watch: Missile to the Moon
Why: Bara's scenery-chewing role as the sultry
Alpha, who betrays her Queen, the better to lust after
burly Richard Travis.
In a word: Kitch-xotic
Steamed up: The Phantom Planet, The Vampire, The
The one to watch: The Leech Woman
Why: Gray is alternately pathetic and voluptuous,
murdering lovers and siphoning off the bodily fluids that
keep her young.
In a word: Draining
Steamed up: Queen of Outer Space, Missile to the
Moon, Attack of the Puppet People
The one to watch: Queen of Outer Space
Why: Shapely, slit-skirted Mitchell is the
scarred, male-hating Queen of a manless planet, though
most associate co-star Zsa Zsa Gabor with the title role.
In a word: Royal-tease
Steamed up: Invasion U.S.A., Beginning of the
End, Back From the Dead
The one to watch: Back From the Dead
Why: Castle in a dual-role (aided by a snazzy camera
trick or two) as the new bride of Arthur Franz, whose
body is inhabited by the spirit of his previous, evil
In a word: Possessive
Steamed up: Abbott & Costello Go To Mars,
She Devil, Twice-Told Tales
The one to watch: She Devil
Why: Blanchard is sultry, flinty and altogether
without a conscience as the unstoppably seductive result
of science gone horribly wrong.
In a word: Babe-Ruthless
Steamed up: Tarantula, The Giant Claw, The Black
The one to watch: Fooled ya -- I'm going with Problem
Why: I don't care that it's not sci fi, young Mara
as a wild-eyed fire-bug meets the criteria as far as I'm
concerned. And that shower scene ...
In a word: Flame-buoyant
Steamed up: The She-Creature, Voodoo Woman, Shield
The one to watch: Voodoo Woman
Why: She's a shapely, hard-bitten broad in a sarong.
No wonder Tom Conway wants her to lead his army of genetically
In a word: Voodoorific
Steamed up: Attack of the Giant Leeches, Attack
of the 50 Foot Woman, I, Mobster
The one to watch: Attack of the Giant Leeches
Why: The atmosphere is by turns sexy and stifling,
especially during scenes between Yvette and frustrated
hubby Bruno Ve Sota, who whimpers and pleads as his hillbilly
buddies gossip in the next room.
In a word: Swamptuos (or Leechy-keen, if you will.)
Steamed up: Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, The Undead,
The one to watch: The Undead
Why: Everybody goes with 50 Foot Woman, but Hayes
is far more appealing in The Undead. Her breast-enhancing,
leather bodice, easily two sizes too small, is justification
In a word: Uplifting