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The Tingler -- An obsessed scientist (Vincent Price) discovers where fear grows on the human body and how to destroy it.
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Director:
Writer:
Robb White (written by)
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Release Date:
29 July 1959 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Ghastly Beyond Belief! See more »
Plot:
Dr. Warren Chapin is a pathologist who regularly conducts autopsies on executed prisoners at the State prison... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Brilliant campy fun from William Castle and Vincent Price See more (87 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Vincent Price ... Dr. Warren Chapin
Judith Evelyn ... Mrs. Martha Ryerson Higgins

Darryl Hickman ... David Morris
Patricia Cutts ... Isabel Stevens Chapin
Pamela Lincoln ... Lucy Stevens
Philip Coolidge ... Oliver 'Ollie' Higgins
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Richard Barthelmess ... David Kinemon (archive footage) (uncredited)
Gail Bonney ... Member of Silent Movie Audience (uncredited)

William Castle ... Prologue Himself - Host (uncredited)
Pat Colby ... Member of Silent Movie Audience (uncredited)
George DeNormand ... Member of Silent Movie Audience (uncredited)
Amy Fields ... Member of Silent Movie Audience (uncredited)
Bob Gunderson ... Ryerson - Screaming Convict (uncredited)

Dal McKennon ... Projectionist (uncredited)
Clarence Straight ... Member of Silent Movie Audience (uncredited)
Ernest Torrence ... Luke Hatburn, in clip from Tol'able David (uncredited) (archive footage)

Directed by
William Castle 
 
Writing credits
Robb White (written by)

Produced by
William Castle .... producer
 
Original Music by
Von Dexter 
 
Cinematography by
Wilfred M. Cline (director of photography) (as Wilfrid M. Cline)
 
Film Editing by
Chester W. Schaeffer 
 
Art Direction by
Phillip Bennett  (as Phil Bennett)
 
Set Decoration by
Milton Stumph 
 
Makeup Department
Hazel Keats .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Monty Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herb Wallerstein .... assistant director
John Gaudioso .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Robert Pearl .... second props (uncredited)
Clarence Peet .... prop master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John P. Livadary .... recording supervisor (as John Livadary)
Harry D. Mills .... sound (as Harry Mills)
Eldon Coutts .... recordist (uncredited)
Cy Harper .... cable man (uncredited)
Sol Jaffe .... mikeman (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Franklin .... grip (uncredited)
Harold Hansen .... gaffer (uncredited)
Emil Oster .... camera operator (uncredited)
Arnold L. Rich .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Pat Sutherland .... grip (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Dona Holloway .... associate to producer
Pearl Leiter .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
82 min
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Color:
Color (one scene) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording) | Stereo (partial)
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Trivia:
William Castle toyed with other ideas to frighten audience members, in addition to 'percepto'; among them: rolling bean bags to brush against the legs of audience members, speakers mounted at different areas that would give a 'screech' when the tingler appeared, and possibly even using 'shills' to operate some type of mechanical device to tickle the legs of the audience members; but the only viable way of doing it was by attaching buzzers in select seats to coincide with the appearance of the tingler- 'percepto'.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Hair and nails do not continue to grow after one dies, as Dr. Chapin asserts. The illusion of growth is created by the shrinkage of the flesh surrounding the hair and nails. However, the belief in growth after death has become so ingrained in common folklore that it is not surprising to see it used as "fact" in a horror film; such films play on our fears and knowledge of folklore to achieve their effects.See more »
Quotes:
David Morris:You say get a cat, get a cat, you say get a dog, I got a dog.
Dr. Warren Chapin:We don't need him, come on I want to show you something.
David Morris:Bet you in a fair fight that cat could lick this dog.
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FAQ

Did Dr Chapin give LSD to Martha?
Did Dr Chapin take LSD to induce a fear reaction in himself?
Why did Dr Chapin put the tingler back into Martha's body?
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23 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant campy fun from William Castle and Vincent Price, 20 July 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

The Tingler marks the second teaming for horror's greatest actor - Vincent Price, and horror's greatest showman - William Castle. This film was released later in the same year that their first venture - House on Haunted Hill - was unleashed upon audiences across the world, and the film sees the two men deliver more of what they did with their first feature. House on Haunted Hill was much loved then - and now - for it's ludicrous plot line and hammy performances, and The Tingler marks another successful fusion of these elements. The plot line is even sillier this time round, and it follows Vincent Price's scientist as he conducts his experiments into fear. He discovers that when we get frightened, a thing, which he called 'the tingler', manifests itself on the spinal column and the only way to rid oneself of this 'tingler' is to scream. Deaf mute's cant scream, however, and soon after discovering that his friend's wife suffers from that condition, and has an acute fear of blood, Price gets to work on attempting to isolate and remove the tingler.

William Castle shows his flair and passion for entertaining his audience throughout this film, with the whole film being, basically, a metaphor for the horror genre on the whole. Castle uses several different methods of getting his audience to scream, and while this film isn't very scary by today's standards - watching this master of entertainment weave his magic is always delightful. Another thing that's delightful about this film is the fact that Vincent Price is in it. Price has an amazing ability to command to the screen, and while this movie doesn't feature his best performance - he's always entertaining, and it's always a pleasure to see him on screen. Castle's special effects are hokey, with the central monster - the tingler - looking rather silly, but that adds to the fun effect of the movie and if the effects had been terrific examples of how good special effects can be - the film wouldn't have been nearly as fun as it is. The Tingler is silly throughout, and it gets really ridiculous towards the end, but if you watch knowing that this isn't to be taken seriously, you'll enjoy yourself just like Castle intended.

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