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July 1959 (USA) See more »
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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... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (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
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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74 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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 »
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 »
Louann, the maid:Miz Hawthorne, she deal with the Evil One.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Drive-in Movie Memories (2001)See more »


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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Excellent Sci-Fi of the late 1950's, 30 January 2010
Author: daniel933 from Louisiana

There are many fine reviews on this film that summarize the story of "The Alligator People," the fine actors, and judge the film. What is contained here is two basic points: (1) the memories that stood out to an eight year old boy who watched the movie from the back seat of his older brother's 1947 Chevy; and (2) an analogy that may have been overlooked by other reviewers.

First, the movie was terrifying and yet compelling to this reviewer from his perspective of first viewing this classic at the age of eight years old. My older brother took me to the Big Sky Drive-In Theater on Indian School Road in Phoenix, Arizona, to see not one but two horror movies ("Return of the Fly" was the first of the twin bill). While the sense was to "not" watch the monsters by staying securely down on the floor board behind the front seats, the compulsion to "see" the Alligator man was too strong...I simply could not take my eyes off of the terrific sight of a man morphing into an alligator. While I loved the movie, I must confess, that to this very day, I still do not extend my arms or legs over the side of my bed. After all, one can never know what might be lurking under the bed.

Secondly, I think there is a not so subtle analogy correlated to the location of the least the location that I've been led to believe was the site of the film. Carville Hospital for the treatment of Hansen's Disease (Leprosy), at Carville, Louisiana. No doubt, the idea of Leprosy and the swampy Louisiana bayou's living fossils...alligators was a combination that had to happen. For years, people with Hansen's disease were feared as their condition was greatly misunderstood. The disease caused it's victims skin to seemingly rot away in a hideous fashion. With the United States only Leprosorium in the deep bayou regions of South Louisiana, it's plain to see that "The Alligator People" is a weird blend of fears and mystery that twists together a scary creature with a nod towards the horrific disease of leprosy. Even in Bible times, leprosy was so feared that people with that condition were isolated and rejected. Only a miracle could bring healing and restoration. In "The Alligator People," a scientist became maddened with his obsession to provide a drastic miracle cure for people who had a mysterious skin like that of alligator skin. Filmed in Louisiana, what better site for such a story that Carville, Louisiana? But even if it was filmed at some other Louisiana location, I suppose I will continue to adopt this analogy.

If you're like this reviewer, you will watch this movie and all of its seemingly ancient special effects and rubber costumes with a wide-eyed wonderment. I still can't take my eyes off the Alligator Man.

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