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Indestructible Man (1956)

 -  Crime | Horror | Sci-Fi  -  25 March 1956 (USA)
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Scientific experiments accidentally revive an executed criminal and make him impervious to harm, prompting him to seek revenge on his former partners.

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The Butcher - Charles Benton (as Lon Chaney)
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Marian Carr ...
Eva Martin (as Marion Carr)
Ross Elliott ...
Paul Lowe, Attorney
Stuart Randall ...
Police Capt. John Lauder
Ken Terrell ...
Joe Marcellia (as Kenneth Terrell)
Marjorie Stapp ...
Hysterical Young Woman
Robert Shayne ...
Prof. Bradshaw
Peggy Maley ...
Francine - Blonde Stripper
Robert Foulk ...
Harry - Bar Owner
Reita Green ...
Carney's 'Bait' (as Rita Green)
Roy Engel ...
Desk Sergeant (as Roy Engle)
Madge Cleveland ...
Old Frump in Bar
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"Butcher" Benton goes to his death in the state prison, cursing the three men who double-crossed him following an armored-car hold-up; "Squeamy" Ellis, Joe Marcelli and Paul Lowe, his attorney and leader of the gang. He vows to return and kill them and dies without revealing the location of the stolen money. Detective Chasen is determined to keep working on the case until the stolen loot is recovered. Benton's body is taken to Professor Bradshaw and his assistant for experimentation, and they manage to restore him to life, making him practically indestructible in the process. He takes off after the three men, getting rid of everybody who stands in his way. He is impervious to police bullets. He kills Ellis and Marcelli, while Lowe seeks police protection. Benton takes to the sewers to recover the hidden loot and the police are powerless to stop him. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The scream that shocks the screen with 300,000 volts of horror! Inhuman! Invincible! Inescapable! See more »


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Lon Chaney has no spoken lines in this movie following the opening scene in his prison cell. Copyright 1955. See more »

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As Eva reaches her dresser when she returns to her dressing room the radio begins to play by itself, abruptly (it was not on when she left). See more »

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Paul Lowe, Attorney: Well that's it, Butcher. The evidence against you is so strong, the governor turned down your appeal.
Charles 'Butcher' Benton: You're a rotten liar, Lowe. You started railroading me from the beginning of the trial. And now you're still trying to throw me curves.
Paul Lowe, Attorney: Look, I don't blame you for being edgy but get this straight. I didn't doublecross you. I never worked harder for a client.
Charles 'Butcher' Benton: You mean you never worked harder for a client to get him sentenced.
Paul Lowe, Attorney: You're a fool, Butcher. If you hadn't tried to doublecross Squeamy ...
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Lon Chaney; furious avenger!
6 July 2005 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

I cherish a great deal of respect for the late Lon Chaney Jr. His acting career must not have been easy, since he's the son of his father (Lon Chaney Sr.; the father of silent cinema) and since he always somewhat stood in the shadows of fellow horror icons Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. Chaney Jr. starred in several really good horror gems ("Spider Baby", "House of Dracula") but also in many overlooked B-movies like this "Indestructible Man". The plot is more ambitious than you'd think Chaney fits into his role perfectly. He plays the murderous gangster Charles "Butcher" Benton, sentenced to death and taking the secret of a hidden loot (worth over 600.000$) with him in his grave. He swears vengeance on his attorney who double-crossed him and he's offered the opportunity when an experimenting scientist accidentally brings the Butcher back from the dead. Even though filmed on a minuscule budget, "Indestructible Man" is a very entertaining crime/horror movie with fairly good acting and a couple of nice special effects. The plotting is rather incompetent (for example: though the shock, Butcher loses his vocal cords but his memory stays intact...) but you're not supposed to take it too seriously, anyway. Chaney's eerie madman-charisma is more than enough to make "Indestructible Man" a worthwhile effort, if you ask me. This is just one of those many well-intended 50's films that got wrongfully ridiculed by MST3K.


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