Happy New Year- and, as Old Man 2020 has given way to the younger 2021-tonight on MeTV, we’ve got a different story of going from old age to more youthful- as a wife, mistreated by her arrogant husband for the terrible crime of having aged (!) joins her spouse in an expedition to attain an old African tribal secret that can restore youthful beauty- not realizing that a key ingredient proves lethal for certain individuals! Forget those wrinkle and bag reducing remedies in the commercials we show- now you can look and feel younger by becoming -a "Leech Woman"!
Much like some folks do on New Year’s Eve- we find June- downing copious amounts of alcohol, due to her treatment at the hands of cold uncaring hubby, Dr Paul Talbot. When she drops by his office, he again expresses his disdain for her– god forbid- aging and having her beauty fade. He also chides her for her drinking, revealing that he is at the point of filing for divorce. We discover that Paul has been researching ways of slowing the aging process, but has had little success- which has just strengthened his hatred for his wife. When the heartbroken June makes her way to the office exit, she encounters a wrinkled old woman who makes a cryptic prediction that only upsets June further.
When the old lady is ushered into Paul’s office, she stuns the doctor by revealing she is actually much older than even her looks would reveal. She tells the story of being brought to America as a slave- over a hundred years ago! The secret of her amazing longevity? She demonstrates it, right in the office- using a secret drug from her African homeland, which seems to be as mysterious and hidden from the world as the Black Panther’s Wakanda. Paul is amazed that such a potion- what he has been searching for- actually works, and asks about obtaining some of it- but Mala, the old woman, flatly tells him it’s not possible, because it takes a mysterious secondary substance to mix with the longevity drug as the true catalyst to activate the reversal of the aging process. Mala then reveals that she is about to depart for a final return to her homeland to spend the last of her days among the remaining members of her tribe.
Upon testing the modicum of the powder that Mala left with him, Paul is convinced her story is true -and heads home, where June and the couple's lawyer, Neil are discussing the impending divorce (with June actually three or more sheets to the wind). Divorce, however, is suddenly the furthest thing from Paul’s mind! He now wants June to accompany him on an expedition to Africa- to find Mala, get all the ingredients to the age-reversal cocktail, and restore June’s youth and beauty ( a precursor to Paul then cashing in on the discovery)! June is overjoyed by his attention and at unexpected reunion, as Paul hustles her to prepare for their fact-finding journey.
Once in Africa, Paul hires a guide of questionable integrity to lead their expedition party into a dangerous sector of the continent, where they hope to find Mala and her people. Along the way, Paul reverts to his old ways, again belittling and mistreating June- but the renewed marital spats are the least of their worries when they end up captured by Mala's tribe, known as the Nandi! They seem destined to become human sacrifices when Mala herself suddenly appears. It is revealed that she is actually the leader of the tribe- who decides that these captives should witness the secret that will now fully restore her own youth. She also reveals one condition of the ritual that has not been mentioned before – that only women can undergo this transformation back to their youth. And- after remaining young for a brief period of time- by tradition-they must commit suicide! Even more shocking –the catalyst ingredient for the mixture is pineal fluid from the brain of a MALE- which, of course, results in the “donor's” death!
When Mala uses the secret formula successfully and is again a beautiful young woman- it dawns on June that her hubby only wanted her to make the trip with him to use HER as a guinea pig to test if the mixture could work with no adverse effects- and not to repair their marriage. At that time of realization, Mala offers June the chance to be young again- and she makes a startling choice- that results in her transformation back into a ravishing youthful beauty !
June escapes the tribe (as well as the traditional fate of suicide) and returns to America. In order to keep all that has happened a secret, she explains her new younger look by pretending to be her own niece, and she even fools family lawyer Neil with this new identity. However ,the clock is ticking, and her temporary youth will begin to fade- unless she heads out to prowl the city streets for unsuspecting male "donors" to renew her youth potion- and end their lives!
This 1960 tale of revenge and rejuvenation stars lovely Coleen Gray as June- along with Grant “Incredible Shrinking Man” Williams as her lawyer – and other cast members we’ll tell you about. Plenty of Sven fun will be had, including some pointers on prompting the use of stock footage, and – another visit from our friends Bill and Toony the Tuna in preparation for the premiere of “Toon In With Me” this Monday morning on MeTV! ( Watch for a special introduction to this cartoon and comedy showcase an hour before our show tonight)!
You can get attached- or vice versa- to the "Leech Woman" tonight on MeTV at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central- and, if you are unsure when and where we air in your area, check your local listings (or at www.metv.com ). You can also live-Tweet along with the scores of Sven fans on Twitter during the show- just make sure to add the hashtag #svengoolie to your Tweets! Our Chicago viewers can travel to a prehistoric world with “Valley of the Dragons” at 11 am this morning on our main local station, CW26- soon to be the home of “Superman and Lois” coming up in February!
There is still great Sven merchandise available for you, post-holidays, in our store- just click on the “store” tab here on our website to check out everything from the popular Sven mugs to the Sven phone covers- and the perfect for winter Sven knit caps!
Chilly weather remains in most forecasts- so why not live dangerously and spend some time with a newly-restored hottie on MeTV tonight?!