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The Alligator People (1959)

Approved  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi  |  July 1959 (USA)
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A newlywed couple sit in a train. The husband receives a frantic telegram. He gets off at a station to make a phone call, the train pulls away without him on it, and that's the last his ... See full summary »

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Dr. Eric Lorimer
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Manon (as Lon Chaney)
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Dr. Mark Sinclair
Frieda Inescort ...
Richard Crane ...
Paul Webster
Douglas Kennedy ...
Dr. Wayne MacGregor
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Storyline

A newlywed couple sit in a train. The husband receives a frantic telegram. He gets off at a station to make a phone call, the train pulls away without him on it, and that's the last his wife sees of him. Years later after a long search she finally tracks him down on his family's southern estate where she discovers that a failed medical treatment has turned him into an alligator mutant. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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July 1959 (USA)  »

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El caimán humano  »

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This film was made because Twentieth Century-Fox needed a low-budget "monster movie" in the CinemaScope format to play on the bottom of a double bill with Return of the Fly (1959), the sequel to its "sleeper" hit The Fly (1958). Fox did not produce this film, however. It was made by independent producer Jack Leewood and bought by Fox. See more »

Goofs

Approximately 18 minutes in, when Chaney aka Manon is driving Joyce to Cypresses in the Ford pick up, as they are traveling before they run into the alligator on the road, you can see the reflection of a studio light above the passenger side in the window. It appears to be a single lamp unit. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Mark Sinclair: Paul...
Paul Webster: Yes...
Dr. Mark Sinclair: I'll never be able to tell you how sorry I am.
Paul Webster: Don't blame yourself, I certainly don't. Who can know everything? You're not God, Mark.
Dr. Mark Sinclair: I feel as if I've been playing at it... and been punished.
Paul Webster: Forget it.
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Great Fun!
23 September 2006 | by (St. Louis, MO) – See all my reviews

This is the kind of movie I used to watch when I spent Friday nights at my best friend's house and we stayed up all night eating junk food and watching monster movies on TV. Beverly Garland, queen of the 50's B flicks, is great as the worried wife and George Macready (later known as the tyrannical Mr. Peyton on Peyton Place) is doing his best with what he has to work with--hey, they were just working folks with bills to pay! All things considered, it's a cut above most of its genre. No surprises; the usual 50's post-bomb musings about playing God, cheesy costumes, and all that comes with this kind of story. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.


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