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Indestructible Man (1956)

Approved | | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi | 25 March 1956 (USA)
Charles "The Butcher" Benton, a brutal death row inmate gets double-crossed by his crooked lawyer. He gets his chance for revenge when, after he's been executed, a bizarre experiment brings him back to life and more deadly than ever.

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Charles 'Butcher' Benton (as Lon Chaney)
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Police Lt. Dick Chasen (as Casey Adams)
Marian Carr ...
Eva Martin (as Marion Carr)
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Paul Lowe
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Police Capt. John Lauder
Ken Terrell ...
Joe Marcelli (as Kenneth Terrell)
Marjorie Stapp ...
Hysterical Young Woman
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Prof. Bradshaw
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Francine
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Harry - Bar Owner
Reita Green ...
Carney's 'Bait' (as Rita Green)
Roy Engel ...
Desk Sergeant (as Roy Engle)
Madge Cleveland ...
Screaming Woman
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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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There was supposedly a scene shot in which Butcher Benton searches the city jail to find and kill Paul Lowe, then in protective custody, while police vainly try to stop him. No footage of this scene remains, but still photographs have survived. See more »

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When the body of "Butcher" Benton is first uncovered by the doctor in his lab, Chaney's eyelids twitch visibly before he is revived by the electricity. 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 rough. 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 Ellis and Joe Marcelli, they wouldn't have ...
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A low budget guilty pleasure
25 November 1998 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

Lon Chaney's face will remind you of jello as too many close-ups of Chaney's face dominate this cheesy, very low budget film.

Chaney is Butcher Benton a penny ante criminal who's been set-up by his lawyer and gangster pals. But he doesn't die in the electrical chair, or by lethal injection either. He just gets mad.

He wants revenge on the lawyer and gangster pals who set him up to take the fall.

The film is done in dragnet documentary style which adds to the campiness of the whole affair considerably. The on-location filming is particularly interesting. It's of Los Angeles' long defunct Angel's Flight area--just prior to it being a victim of urban renewal. L.A. once had cable cars and you'll see them here.

If you're in the mood, you'll have a great time with this low budget, campy, film.


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