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Indestructible Man (1956)

Approved | | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi | 25 March 1956 (USA)
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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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
Peggy Maley ...
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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Storyline

"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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Crime | Horror | Sci-Fi

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25 March 1956 (USA)  »

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Der Würger von Sing-Sing  »

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Trivia

Chaney reportedly asked director Jack Pollexfen not to make any dialogue changes or additions after the lunch break, when he usually drank heavily. See more »

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At one point a character refers to Butcher Benton as a "monster-made man," which seems the wrong way around. 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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Grew up with this Fun Fifties Favorite! (But No DVD Restoration...)
11 November 2000 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

MORD39 RATING: **1/2 out of ****

I'm partial to this guilty favorite since I saw it hundreds of times as a youngster on television. Even so, it's just plain fun as Lon Chaney knocks off the traitors who sent him to death with their treachery. The L.A. locations are terrific, and the Dragnet-style narration adds spice to the proceedings. It's speedy and nostalgic, very much a "fifties" film.

As for the Roan DVD, I'm sorry to say that it has not been restored and is a disappointment. I have had much trouble acquiring the "perfect" version of this film, even though I've had it on VHS from FOUR(!) different companies, as well as on TNT. Some day I hope this personal fave of mine will get a clean and proper transfer on disc.


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