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The Neanderthal Man (1953)

 -  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
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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
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Danny - townsman
Frank Gerstle ...
Mr. Wheeler - hunter
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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Goofs

The saber-toothed tiger's long fangs aren't shown as it's walking around, but does show when he jumps on a car and in other scenes. See more »

Quotes

Prof. Clifford Groves: The world's gone completely mad. Sometimes I think I'm the only rational being left in it... one person telling a fairy tale and the other one believing it.
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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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Ho hum horror.

Professor Groves theories about the brain capacity of Neanderthal man is viewed as heresy by his fellow scientists. To prove his theories, professor Groves experiments with a de-evolution serum. His early experiments on cats results in one turning into a sabre tooth tiger. He then tries the serum on himself where he is transformed into a Neanderthal man and goes on a killing rampage.

THE NEANDERTHAL MAN is a rather blah horror film with indifferent performances, grainy black and white photography, and scant thrills. The film was directed by E.A. Dupont, the same man who directed VARIETY, one of the greatest films of the silent period. Apparently, by the time THE NEANDERTHAL MAN was made, E.A. Dupont had slipped down to just another hack director, as which this film is evidence of. Even some much less experienced directors working under flimsy circumstances like this showed more inventiveness than Dupont shows here. The best scenes in the film are those with the sabre tooth cat and the one where the hero finds the photographs of an early experiment Groves had conducted on his deaf mute house maid. Overall, THE NEANDERTHAL MAN looks and plays more like a poverty row horror film from 1943 than a low budget horror/sci fi film from 1953.

Of interest to fifties horror/science fiction movie fans is the presence of a very young Beverly Garland as Nola. Unlike her later films where she played a tough fiesty heroine, she plays the standard frightened female who screams and faints.


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