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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 Marcellia (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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"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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The Monster That Defies Destruction! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Trivia

Lt. Chasen mentions putting in a call to a Prof. Dwiggins at CalTech, who may know about Prof. Bradshaw's work. Sue Dwiggins is the real name of co-writer Sue Bradford. See more »

Goofs

When Eva is calling on the pay phone at the club after she sees Butcher, a coin purse alternately appears and disappears being clenched in her teeth. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Naked Monster (2005) See more »

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Make the best of that second chance.
4 February 2002 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

Low budget; simple dialogue; filmed in shades of black and white; this is a great example of those early Sci-fi/horror flicks that entertained our imaginations. The body of a violent criminal, 'Butcher' Benton(Lon Chaney Jr), is accidentally brought back to life and the speechless bad man is determined to kill the three people responsible for his ride in the electric chair. Many close ups of Chaney's raised eyebrows and grimacing face. Marion Carr plays the killer's love interest. Three well traveled character actors(Max Showalter, Ross Elliott and Joe Flynn) provide support. This is really fun to watch.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

C.G.K. Productions See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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