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The Neanderthal Man (1953)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 19 June 1953 (USA)
Professor Groves, an expert in prehistoric life, proves his theories with an extract that'll regress a cat to a saber-tooth tiger and man to a Neanderthal.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Prof. Clifford Groves (as Robert Shane)
Joyce Terry ... Jan Groves (as Joy Terry)
... Dr. Ross Harkness
... Ruth Marshall
... Nola Mason - Waitress
Robert Long ... George Oakes
Tandra Quinn ... Celia - Housekeeper (as Jeanette Quinn)
... Charlie Webb
Eric Colmar ... Buck Hastings
Dick Rich ... Sheriff Andy Andrews
... Danny - Townsman
... Mr. Wheeler - Hunter
Anthony Jochim ... Skeptical Naturalist
Marshall Bradford ... Conference Chairman
... Dr. Fairchild
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Wheeler, a tourist-hunter in the California High Sierras, is not believed by the patrons of Webb's Cafe when he claims to have run across a live tiger with tusks. Among the scoffers is game-warden Oakes - until he is driving home later that night and the critter hops on the hood of his car. Oakes convinces a skeptical Dr. Harkness, state university zoologist, to come to the small town to investigate. At Webbs', Harkness meets Ruth, fiancée of Prof. Groves who maintains his home and lab outside the town, and thru her meets Groves' daughter, Jan. Groves himself is down in the city, angrily trying to convince the Naturalists' Society of the truth of his theory that the size of skull and brain equate with intelligence, and therefore Neanderthal man was equal, if not superior, to Homo sapiens. He is rejected, and by the time he returns home, seems completely unhinged, rejecting his fiancée and secluding himself in his lab. There, he has developed a serum with which he is experimenting. ... Written by Rich Wannen <RichWannen@worldnet.att.net>

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HALF MAN...HALF BEAST...He held them all in the grip of deadly terror...nothing could keep him from this woman he claimed as his own! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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19 June 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre de las cavernas  »

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Trivia

In the first bar scene when the hunter pours beer from the bottle to the glass, the beer is totally flat, no foam appears in the glass. See more »

Goofs

When the transformed Professor Groves attacks Buck and Nola at their picnic, the stunt man's hands are not made up as the Neanderthal Man first appears. Then his hands alternate between hairy-and-long-nailed and normal from one shot to the next. See more »

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George Oakes: By golly, it's gotta be the biggest mountain lion this side of Noah's Ark!
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Crazy Credits

Even though he has top billing, Robert Shayne's name is misspelled as "Robert Shane." See more »

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Featured in Svengoolie: The Neanderthal Man (1995) See more »

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The Neanderthal Man (1953) **1/2
2 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

An ultra-cheesy '50s monster flick in which we get to see Robert Shayne (Inspector Henderson from TV's ''Adventures of Superman'') shamelessly recite hilarious dialogue and feverishly overact, as a dedicated mad scientist who's found a way to reverse the evolutionary process! It's the treat of the film to watch him rant and rave about his idiotic theories without applying the brakes. First he turns a common house cat into a fierce saber-toothed tiger, accomplished by the effects team utilizing close-ups of a fake model; later, he jabs himself with a serum that transforms him into the title character. You've got to get a load of this ape-man's face; it's one of the most ridiculous-looking of all film monsters, obviously an over-the-head mask you'd buy in any Halloween shop, and completely expressionless with a rubber muzzle and painted set eyes that don't move. For his creature, the filmmaker should have chosen to stay with the crude third or fourth stage appliances during the chintzy transformation sequence.

A real hoot, and a good deal of fun if you go for these types of silly yet entertaining creature features. We also get to see a young Beverly Garland in the cast, although a double for her is blatantly used in a sequence where she dons a bathing suit and models for a photographer. **1/2 out of ****


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