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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
...
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 ...
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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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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A movie that wasn't released! It escaped!
26 February 2004 | by (Fayetteville, GA) – See all my reviews

Scientist Robert Shayne developes a serum that reverses evolution. He uses it on his housekeeper and regresses her to a cavewoman state, then he tries it on himself and ends up stalking the area as an ugley, hairy-faced monster.

Several transformation scenes are shown, but they aren't very well done, and the makeup consists of a stiff mask, completely without mobility. He uses it on his house cat and produces -- a saber toothed house cat!

Co-starring Richard Crane (TV's "Rocky Jones - Space Rangers"). Directed by E. A. Dupont, who did much better things earlier in his career.

Ah, but just for fun, suppose Shayne had used the serum on a few lizards, a squirrel, and an elephant in the local zoo. Persto! A herd of stop-motion dinosaurs, a giant tree sloth, and a wooly mammoth!

Gee, why am I the only one who thinks of these things?


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