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The Neanderthal Man (1953)

Not Rated  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi  |  19 June 1953 (USA)
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Professor Groves, an expert in prehistoric life, proves his theories with an extract that'll regress a cat to a saber-tooth tiger and man to a Neanderthal.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Shayne ...
Prof. Clifford Groves (as Robert Shane)
Joyce Terry ...
Jan Groves (as Joy Terry)
Richard Crane ...
Dr. Ross Harkness
Doris Merrick ...
Ruth Marshall
...
Nola Mason - waitress
Robert Long ...
George Oakes
Tandra Quinn ...
Celia - housekeeper (as Jeanette Quinn)
Lee Morgan ...
Charlie Webb
Eric Colmar ...
Buck Hastings
Dick Rich ...
Sheriff Andy Andrews
...
Danny - townsman
Frank Gerstle ...
Anthony Jochim ...
Skeptical Naturalist
Marshall Bradford ...
Conference Chairman
William Fawcett ...
Dr. Fairchild
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Wheeler, a tourist-hunter in the California High Sierras, is not believed by the patrons of Webb's Cafe when he claims to have run across a live tiger with tusks. Among the scoffers is game-warden Oakes - until he is driving home later that night and the critter hops on the hood of his car. Oakes convinces a skeptical Dr. Harkness, state university zoologist, to come to the small town to investigate. At Webbs', Harkness meets Ruth, fiancée of Prof. Groves who maintains his home and lab outside the town, and thru her meets Groves' daughter, Jan. Groves himself is down in the city, angrily trying to convince the Naturalists' Society of the truth of his theory that the size of skull and brain equate with intelligence, and therefore Neanderthal man was equal, if not superior, to Homo sapiens. He is rejected, and by the time he returns home, seems completely unhinged, rejecting his fiancée and secluding himself in his lab. There, he has developed a serum with which he is experimenting. ... Written by Rich Wannen <RichWannen@worldnet.att.net>

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What primitive passions...what mad desires drove him on...? He held them all in the grip of deadly terror...nothing could keep him from the woman he claimed as his own! See more »

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19 June 1953 (USA)  »

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O Homem Fera  »

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In discussing the development of the brains of the most primitive man to modern man, Professor Groves rates Neanderthals as higher on the evolutionary chain than Cro-Magnon man. See more »

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State Police Chief: [after shooting at the monster] Winged him! It's a big country but too small for that bird!
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Even though he has top billing, Robert Shayne's name is misspelled as "Robert Shane." See more »

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Disappointing
26 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Neanderthal Man, The (1953)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Poor horror film about a mad scientist (Robert Shayne) trying to bring man back to the stone age. He turns his pet kitten into a saber-toothed tiger, he then injects himself with his magical serum and turns into the title character. This film only runs 78-minutes but it felt like three hours considering not too much ever happens. The neanderthal man looks silly but the makeup is certainly memorable. The only problem is that he's not on screen enough. Some of the close ups of the tiger gets a few laughs since you can tell it's just a toy. It's also interesting that most horror films from this period try to play the scientist in a sympathetic view point but that's not the case here. The scientist here has got to be the biggest jerk ever to grace a horror film.


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