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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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Release Date:
29 July 1959 (USA) See more »
Ghastly Beyond Belief! See more »
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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Don't be ashamed about opening your mouth and letting rip with all you've got... See more (88 total) »


  (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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82 min
Color (one scene) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording) | Stereo (partial)

Did You Know?

Pamela Lincoln and Darryl Hickman, who play the young suitors, actually got married on November 28th after the Tingler release on July 29th 1959. They had two children, and divorced on December 8th, 1982.See more »
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 »
William Castle:Remember, if you scream at just the right time, it might just save your life.See more »
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How does the movie end?
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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Don't be ashamed about opening your mouth and letting rip with all you've got..., 16 June 2003
Author: mister_pig from Cincinnati, Ohio

...because the person in the seat next to you will probably be screaming too!

You've got to love this campy cult classic from William Castle. Vincent Price is great as always, but the supporting characters are really good also, which can sometimes be hard to find in this kind of movie.

The opening 'screaming' sequence can be a little annoying, but it's all in keeping with the fun you have watching this classic.

Be ready to laugh!

8 out of 10

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