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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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If You Ever Feel Fear, Scream to Save Your Life! 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:
Leon Alton ... Member of Silent Movie Audience (uncredited)

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 »
Revealing mistakes: In almost every scene in which the Tingler appears, the wires maneuvering it are visible.See more »
Dr. Warren Chapin:[opens Ollie's bag and finds a mask and hatchet in it] You killed her.
Oliver 'Ollie' Higgins:No I didn't...
Dr. Warren Chapin:Your wife was frightened to death, by this, and this.
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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
If You Ever Feel Fear, Scream to Save Your Life!, 10 October 2006
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The coroner and scientist Dr. Warren Chapin (Vincent Price) is researching the shivering effect of fear with his assistant David Morris (Darryl Hickman). Dr. Warren is introduced to Ollie Higgins (Philip Coolidge), the relative of a criminal sentenced to the electric chair, while making the autopsy of the corpse, and he makes a comment about the tingler-effect to him. Ollie asks for a lift to Dr. Warner, and introduces his deaf-mute wife Martha Higgins (Judith Evelyn), who manages a theater of their own. Dr. Warner returns home, where he lives with his unfaithful and evil wife Isabel Stevens Chapin (Patricia Cutts) and her sweet sister Lucy Stevens (Pamela Lincoln). Dr. Warner, upset with the situation with his wife, threatens and uses her as a subject of his experiment. When Martha dies of fear, Dr. Warner makes her autopsy and finds a creature that lives inside every human being, feeds with fear and is controlled by the scream. Once Martha was not able to scream, the tingler was not rendered harmless and became enormous. When the living being escapes, Dr. Warner and Ollie chase it in a crowded movie theater.

"The Tingler" is very hilarious and cheesy B-movie, but with a great potential of cult-movie. I can imagine the behavior of the real audiences with the instructions of the character of Vincent Price ordering in the dark to scream in the movie theaters to save their lives, while he is looking for the tingler on the screen, and a device installed underneath their seats is vibrating in the scene. The flawed screenplay is silly but also very, very funny indeed. There are two great moments along the story: the ahead-of-time acid trip of Dr. Warren Chapin (in 1959); and the red colored bathtub full of blood, the unique colored scene along the whole black and white film. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Força Diabólica" ("Evil Force")

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