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Robb White (written by)
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Release Date:
29 July 1959 (USA) See more »
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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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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, in clip from Tol'able David (uncredited) (archive footage)
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:
This film is listed among The 100 Most Amusingly Bad Movies Ever Made in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson's book THE OFFICIAL RAZZIE® MOVIE GUIDE.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The title on the book that Warren is reading as he is waiting for Isabel to come home from her date is on the back cover instead of the front cover.See more »
Quotes:
Isabel Stevens Chapin:I had nothing to do with my father's death, and you can't prove that I did.
Dr. Warren Chapin:Would you like me to prove it isn't nonsense?
Isabel Stevens Chapin:You can't prove it. Anwyay there isn't anything to prove.
Dr. Warren Chapin:But you wouldn't like me to try. And you should remember this, organic poisons are like old soldiers, they never die, they just lie smoldering in the grave, and I'm not bad at autopsies either.
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38 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
B Movie Heaven!, 16 April 2004
Author: Gafke from United States

"The Tingler" is the name that Vincent Price's likable scientist character gives to the creature that apparently is responsible for the sense of spine-tingling fear we all experience at some point in our lives. If we scream, The Tingler is rendered harmless. If we do not, The Tingler will get us!

This is classic William Castle gimmick stuff. When this black and white masterpiece of schlock was originally shown in theaters, devices would be rigged up underneath theater seats which would "tingle" during a certain scene. The film would then seemingly stop, and the audience would be encouraged to scream! Scream for their LIVES! Of course, the audience was happy to oblige and the Tingler would be defeated. Man, how I regret having missed those days of cheesy ballyhoo.

This film has some really nifty stuff in it. Highlights include Vincent Price's "acid" trip (reportedly the first acid trip ever seen on the silver screen), and a cool hallucinatory color sequence with a deaf mute woman menaced by a bathtub full of blood, among other things. The plot is clever and actually pretty well thought out for a B flick, and Vincent is superb, as he always is. This is an absolutely hysterical film that should not be missed. I can't say enough good things about it - it simply has to be seen to be appreciated. It's campy, seedy, bloody good fun!

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