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The Alligator People (1959)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 16 July 1959 (USA)
A woman in a hypnotic state recounts to two doctors the details of a horrific experience from her past life that began with the mysterious and sudden disappearance of her husband.



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Complete credited cast:
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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 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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The alligator people will make your skin crawl! See more »


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Release Date:

16 July 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El caimán humano  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Originally released on a double bill with Return of the Fly (1959). See more »


The mother-in-law's accent ranges all over the map. Very occasionally it actually does sound like some kind of southern accent. See more »


Manon: I'll kill you Alligator Man! Just like I'd kill any four-legged gator!
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Featured in Trapped in Paradise (1994) See more »

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Surprisingly good 50s sci-fi fun; incorrect credit in DVD synopsis
15 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I heartily agree with the comments provided by reptilicus from Vancouver, Canada (and I appreciate the "high heels" heads-up, and the various actors' cross-refs).

I recommend this movie for its creative application of pre-60s sci-fi/horror canon: eerie melodrama, sympathetic characters, strictly implied gore, rough & toothless scientific explanation, and absolutely no pretensions to credibility, 'cause we're all just here to have fun anyway. Great use of bookends, and of ominous bayou atmosphere.

Note that the synopsis on the DVD case (20th Century Fox, released September 7, 2004) incorrectly lists "Lon Chaney" as our heroine's husband. Mr. Chaney actually plays the drunken Cajun, and Richard Crane plays the husband.

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