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Indestructible Man (1956)

Approved | | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi | 25 March 1956 (USA)
Charles "The Butcher" Benton, a brutal death row inmate gets double-crossed by his crooked lawyer. He gets his chance for revenge when, after he's been executed, a bizarre experiment brings him back to life and more deadly than ever.

Director:

Jack Pollexfen

Writers:

Vy Russell (original screenplay), Sue Dwiggins (original screenplay) (as Sue Bradford)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Charles 'Butcher' Benton (as Lon Chaney)
Max Showalter ... Police Lt. Dick Chasen (as Casey Adams)
Marian Carr ... Eva Martin (as Marion Carr)
Ross Elliott ... Paul Lowe
Stuart Randall ... Police Capt. John Lauder
Ken Terrell ... Joe Marcelli (as Kenneth Terrell)
Marjorie Stapp ... Hysterical Young Woman
Robert Shayne ... Prof. Bradshaw
Peggy Maley ... Francine
Robert Foulk ... Harry - Bar Owner
Reita Green Reita Green ... Carney's 'Bait' (as Rita Green)
Roy Engel ... Desk Sergeant (as Roy Engle)
Madge Cleveland Madge Cleveland ... Screaming Woman
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Storyline

"Butcher" Benton goes to his death in the state prison, cursing the three men who double-crossed him following an armored-car hold-up; "Squeamy" Ellis, Joe Marcelli and Paul Lowe, his attorney and leader of the gang. He vows to return and kill them and dies without revealing the location of the stolen money. Detective Chasen is determined to keep working on the case until the stolen loot is recovered. Benton's body is taken to Professor Bradshaw and his assistant for experimentation, and they manage to restore him to life, making him practically indestructible in the process. He takes off after the three men, getting rid of everybody who stands in his way. He is impervious to police bullets. He kills Ellis and Marcelli, while Lowe seeks police protection. Benton takes to the sewers to recover the hidden loot and the police are powerless to stop him. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Würger von Sing-Sing See more »

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Production Co:

C.G.K. Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lon Chaney Jr. has no spoken lines in this movie following the opening scene in his prison cell. See more »

Goofs

In one scene Lt John Lauder is addressing Lt "Dick" Chasen, whom he refers to as "Mike". See more »

Quotes

Paul Lowe, Attorney: Well that's it, Butcher. The evidence against you is so strong, the governor turned down your appeal.
Charles 'Butcher' Benton: You're a rotten liar, Lowe. You started rough. And now you're still trying to throw me curves.
Paul Lowe, Attorney: Look, I don't blame you for being edgy but get this straight. I didn't doublecross you. I never worked harder for a client.
Charles 'Butcher' Benton: You mean you never worked harder for a client to get him sentenced.
Paul Lowe, Attorney: You're a fool, Butcher. If you hadn't tried to doublecross Squeamy Ellis and Joe Marcelli, they wouldn't have ...
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credit title, the word indestructible tilts upward to act as a suspension bridge between the pillars at the left and the pillars at the right. See more »

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Grew up with this Fun Fifties Favorite! (But No DVD Restoration...)
11 November 2000 | by mord39See all my reviews

MORD39 RATING: **1/2 out of ****

I'm partial to this guilty favorite since I saw it hundreds of times as a youngster on television. Even so, it's just plain fun as Lon Chaney knocks off the traitors who sent him to death with their treachery. The L.A. locations are terrific, and the Dragnet-style narration adds spice to the proceedings. It's speedy and nostalgic, very much a "fifties" film.

As for the Roan DVD, I'm sorry to say that it has not been restored and is a disappointment. I have had much trouble acquiring the "perfect" version of this film, even though I've had it on VHS from FOUR(!) different companies, as well as on TNT. Some day I hope this personal fave of mine will get a clean and proper transfer on disc.


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