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Indestructible Man (1956)

Approved  |   |  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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Charles 'Butcher' Benton (as Lon Chaney)
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Police Lt. Dick Chasen (as Casey Adams)
Marian Carr ...
Eva Martin (as Marion Carr)
Ross Elliott ...
Paul Lowe
Stuart Randall ...
Police Capt. John Lauder
Ken Terrell ...
Joe Marcelli (as Kenneth Terrell)
Marjorie Stapp ...
Hysterical Young Woman
Robert Shayne ...
Peggy Maley ...
Francine
Robert Foulk ...
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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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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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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Film Noir Meets Frankenstein
29 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

Well-shot film noir (standard elements: LA setting, hardboiled detectives, police cars dispatched onto rainy streets in LA where it rarely rains), but with a Frankenstein plot. As with Shelley's classic, a scientist revives a criminal. Lon Chaney Jr.'s presence completes the circle.

Insert the preceding Frankenstein ingredient into the Maltese Falcon, dumb it down a bit but not too much, and you have "Indestructible Man" in a nutshell.

Keep an eye out for Max Showalter as the Lieutenant on the killer's trail. He would later play MANY bit roles in Dragnet, a show that seems a direct descendant of this one--"normal" LAPD cops trying to deal with dangerous freaks.


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