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Director:
Writers:
Orville H. Hampton (screenplay)
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Release Date:
July 1959 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Terror in the Bayou! See more »
Plot:
A newlywed couple sit in a train. The husband receives a frantic telegram. He gets off at a station to make a phone call... See more » | Add synopsis »
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It's just not easy bein' green. See more (41 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Beverly Garland ... Joyce Webster, aka Jane Marvin

Bruce Bennett ... Dr. Eric Lorimer

Lon Chaney Jr. ... Manon (as Lon Chaney)

George Macready ... Dr. Mark Sinclair
Frieda Inescort ... Mrs. Lavinia Hawthorne, Henry's Wife
Richard Crane ... Paul Webster
Douglas Kennedy ... Dr. Wayne MacGregor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Bradley ... Patient 'Number Six' (uncredited)
Hal K. Dawson ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
Dudley Dickerson ... Train Porter (uncredited)
John Frederick ... 1st Male Nurse (uncredited)
Ruby Goodwin ... Louann the Maid (uncredited)
Ken Kane ... Third Male Nurse (uncredited)
Vince Townsend Jr. ... Toby the Butler (uncredited)
Lee Warren ... Second Male Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by
Roy Del Ruth 
 
Writing credits
Orville H. Hampton (screenplay)

Orville H. Hampton (story) and
Charles O'Neal (story)

Robert M. Fresco  uncredited

Produced by
Jack Leewood .... producer
 
Original Music by
Irving Gertz 
 
Cinematography by
Karl Struss (director of photography)
 
Art Direction by
John B. Mansbridge  (as John Mansbridge)
Lyle R. Wheeler 
 
Set Decoration by
Joseph Kish 
Walter M. Scott 
 
Makeup Department
Eve Newing .... hair stylist
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Dick Smith .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Herbert E. Mendelson .... production manager (as Herb Mendelson)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herbert E. Mendelson .... assistant director (as H.E. Mendelson)
 
Art Department
George Westenhiser .... property master
 
Sound Department
W.D. Flick .... sound (as W. Donald Flick)
Arthur Cornell .... sound effects (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Fred Etcheverry .... special effects
 
Stunts
Bob Bryant .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ollie Hughes .... costume supervisor
William McCrary .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Harry W. Gerstad .... supervising film editor (as Harry Gerstad)
Orven Schanzer .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Mary Coleman .... script supervisor
 
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Runtime:
74 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
USA:Approved | USA:Approved (Certificate #19352)

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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:
Crew or equipment visible: 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:
Manon:I'll kill you Alligator Man! Just like I'd kill any four-legged gator!See more »
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27 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
It's just not easy bein' green., 27 July 2001
Author: reptilicus from Vancouver, Canada

You have to like a movie that offers the heroine (Beverly Garland in this case) running through a swamp during a rainstorm wearing high heels. Okay, to be fair watch this scene carefully and you will notice her heels change into sneakers in the long shots. Anyway, this very unusual plot offers a scientist (George Macready who was the villain in the 1945 Columbia serial THE MONSTER AND THE APE) who believes he can help crippled people to grow new limbs by injecting them with serum from alligator glands. Guess what happens. Richard Crane (from TV's "Rocky Jones, Space Ranger")is a war hero who was literally blown apart but who healed overnight thanks to the serum but something goes wrong and he start mutating into a . . .but then you saw the title of the movie didn't you? His new bride (Beverly) follows him to the forboding bayou mansion where his mother lives (Freida Inescourt from RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE, 1944) and soon uncovers the truth about the bizarre experiments. She tries to tell hubby that she will stand by him no matter what but that's kinda hard when every day he looks more and more like a 'gator. Also around to complicate things is Lon Chaney Jr as Mannon, a drunken Cajun (without a French accent) who hates alligators. Lon wears a hook on his left hand that he is constantly adjusting on camera. he also shoots at some (real) alligators from all of 10 feet away and misses! Sure the premise is silly, but if injecting a person with alligator glands can turn them into a gator remember that George Zucco created a werewolf by injecting a man with wolf blood in THE MAD MONSTER (1944). If THE ALLIGATOR PEOPLE had been made 15 years earlier I'll bet it would have come out of Monogram or PRC. Give it a try, you just might find yourself having fun.

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