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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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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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Crime | Horror | Sci-Fi

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

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Distributed by Allied Artists on a double-bill with World Without End (1956) per the AFI Catalog entry on this film. See more »

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Eva Martin is supposed to be a stripper, but when the detective interviews her when she has just gotten off the stage, she is fully clothed. 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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Fewer than 3 out of 10? Not even
29 September 2008 | by monoceros4See all my reviews

Other people have gone over this movie's strengths. Yeah, it comes across like a really low-rent "Dragnet" episode sometimes with way, way too much narration, and there are a couple scenes that drag horribly. And what *is* with those too-often repeated closeups of Lon Chaney's eyes? They almost seem like padding.

But for the most part the film rolls along at a good clip and keeps the suspense going. There are some good L.A. locations, too, including the cool diagonal streetcars also seen in "Kiss Me Deadly". Just because it's been on MST3K doesn't mean it's among the all-time worst. (In fact, the better the movie, the better the episode, usually.)


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