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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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"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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25 March 1956 (USA)  »

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Der Würger von Sing-Sing  »

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Released on a double bill with Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956). 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 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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Gritty, Nostalgic Sci-Fi
6 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

This film is to me what "The Wizard of Oz" is to most others--a warm fuzzy. Having grown up around Los Angeles, I thought this film was based on a true story when I first saw it as a kid. It has a gritty, real-time feel to it, and Casey Adams' narration is obviously based on Jack Webb's for "Dragnet." In fact, this film feels like an Outer Limits version of a Dragnet episode. Very similar in feel to "Kiss Me Deadly," another '50s film shot in similar locations. A great time capsule of the fading LA of the '50s. This film is almost universally panned, but the low budget and fairly tight script actually contribute to its effectiveness.


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