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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 » | Full synopsis »
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The Alligator People (1959) *** See more (42 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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In the early 1980s, 20th Century Fox produced, but did not release, a video game with the name of this movie. Made for the Atari 2600, it even very loosely followed the plot of the film, unlike some other 20th Century Fox games which just used the title of a film. A "prototype" copy of the unreleased game has since surfaced.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Paul Webster is on the operating table, shirtless, only his head and hands are partly alligator, and not the other areas of his visible skin (no doubt due to budgetary reasons).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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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
The Alligator People (1959) ***, 9 September 2007
Author: JoeKarlosi from U.S.A.

With a crazy title like "The Alligator People" this late '50s shocker is much too vulnerable to jokes and attacks, and that's unfortunate because it's actually much better than you might think, and the subject matter is taken quite seriously. Beverly Garland plays a newlywed wife named Joyce who despairs when her husband (Richard Crane) ducks off the train they're honeymooning on to make an urgent phone call, and then is never heard from again. Desperate, she tries without success to locate him until she eventually gets a lead that he could be at a house secluded off in the swamplands of the Louisiana bayou. Once there she is made aware of unusual experiments gone awry which involved her husband, and faces the horror that he is gradually turning into a scaly reptilian creature. His mother (Frieda Inescort, who's pretty bad in this) tries to discourage Joyce in her search and at first does not give her a welcome reception.

Miss Garland is quite believable and sincere in her part, and this is a nice-looking black and white film shot in the cinemascope process, showing off some nice imagery in the land of alligators and snakes. Also adding to the experience is Lon Chaney, one of the uncouth local Cajun men who sports a hook in place of his left hand, having been a victim himself of an alligator attack. He never lets these "dirty, stinking gators" forget it either, as he constantly gets drunk and fires his gun at them, and tries to run them down with his jeep when they cross the road. One of the best lines in '50s schlock cinema may be when Lon yells to the human victim of the story: "I'll KILL you, Alligator Man... just like I'd kill any four legged gator!!". Chaney is also involved in a violent rape sequence, which is pretty shocking for those times.

The scaly makeup for Richard Crane in its early stages is pretty effective, but when he emerges in full alligator-headed form later on, the first instinct is usually to laugh. But this is a '50s monster movie, after all, and many creatures of this era have been bizarre. Once you get past the initial sight of the Alligator Man, the result actually comes off not too bad at all. This is an enjoyable movie of its type for the period, and also comfortably short at only 75 minutes. *** out of ****

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