The Outer Limits (1963)

ZZZZZ, directed by John Brahm.

How do you pronounce that?

A queen bee somehow transforms into a mysterious, sexually alluring young woman. Object: cross-species breeding to advance her race.

The professor has been developing advanced bees so maybe this is his fault. He has developed a language translator that understands their buzzing and has a microphone to speak back to them. Note the symmetry: he has inserted an artificial bee microphone into the hive, and the hive has sent out an artificial human probe into his world.

His wife doesn't like the strange "Regina" at all. Without accusing her husband of infidelity, she recognizes the young woman as a threat to the household, without knowing exactly why.

It's a goofy premise that works surprisingly well, maybe because we like looking at the exotically beautiful Joanna Frank. With those over-made eyes and fall of hair across her face, she looks like a character from later Japanese anime.

I don't recall seeing the actress before; she's Steven Bochco's big sister. At the time she had a poor self-image and -- quite unnecessarily -- stuffed nylon stockings into her bra for padding. You can see how over-developed she looks in some of the thumbnails. When shooting one scene when she was lying on a table, Conrad Hall found her chest was blocking his view of her face. "Can you do anything about your... tits"? So she pulled out some of the stockings.

Marsha Hunt -- Pride and Prejudice (1940) -- is the wife, a beauty of the Golden Age.

Written by Meyer Dolinsky and directed by the under-appreciated John Brahm, who like so many directors had moved into television by this time. Some of his feature films:

Conrad Hall uses the same strange lens filtering as for The Man Who Was Never Born.

The Blu-ray commentary track is by Tim Lucas, who gives many intriguing reflections: