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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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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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A classic film about the fear See more (89 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:
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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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)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Finland:(Banned) (1961) | Italy:16+ | UK:15 | USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #19368) | West Germany:16 (original rating)

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Trivia:
Clips from Tol'able David (1921) are shown in the cinema.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Vincent Price takes the LSD he looks at his watch and reports the time as 8:03, but his watch shows the time as being about 10:08.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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Did Dr Chapin take LSD to induce a fear reaction in himself?
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What is the Percepto?
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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A classic film about the fear, 30 October 2005
Author: Paulo R. C. Barros (paulorcbarros@uol.com.br) from São Paulo, Brazil

"The Tingler" (1959 - 82 minutes - B&W), is a classic of horror and science fiction produced and directed by the remarkable master William Castle, who was known for setting tricks in the cinema rooms in fifties and sixties in order to interact the audience with the film. (In "The Tigler", Castle placed an equipment, the "Percepto", inside the cinema armchairs so that, when the audience shouts during the movie, they felt a shock).

In this masterpiece, Vincent Price is Dr. Warren Chapin, an obstinate doctor of legal medicine who discovers that fear causes the "tingler effect" with the growth of a parasitic creature near the vertebral column. Chapin could isolate and remove the creature of a deaf and dumb woman (the actress Judith Evelyn) but the "thing" escapes and runs away to a full cinema. A way to defeat the creature is to shout loud. According to John Waters, of the "Film Comment", the film shows the first citation of LSD of the cinema. The writer Robb White had heard about the lisergic acid from Aldous Huxley, he went to the UCLA to try the drug in himself (before it became illegal) and then he introduced the drug in the story.

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