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The Man Who Turned to Stone (1957)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | March 1957 (USA)
Jory and his followers stay immortal by siphoning off the life forces of others. If they don't get renewed, they petrify.


László Kardos (as Leslie Kardos)


Bernard Gordon

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Complete credited cast:
Victor Jory ... Dr. Murdock
William Hudson ... Dr. Jess Rogers
Charlotte Austin ... Carol Adams
Jean Willes ... Tracy
Ann Doran ... Mrs. Ford
Paul Cavanagh ... Cooper
George Lynn ... Dr. Freneau
Victor Varconi ... Dr. Myer
Friedrich von Ledebur ... Eric (as Frederick Ledebur)
Tina Carver ... Big Marge Collins
Barbara Wilson Barbara Wilson ... Anna Sherman


A group of 18th-century scientists, led by Dr. Murdock, have remained young after all these centuries by using electricity to suck the life out of young women. If one of the scientists misses a treatment, his skin hardens to the toughness of stone. A female prisoner discovers why so many of her fellow inmates are disappearing, and attempts to stop them with the aid of a prison psychiatrist. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Release Date:

March 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Het tuchthuis van de angst See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Clover Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Columbia Pictures released this film on a double bill with Zombies of Mora Tau (1957) with the tag line: "Warning - This is the Most Shocking Horror Bill Ever Shown!" See more »


Broken glass cannot penetrate the monster's petrified skin, yet he can be given a shot with a hypodermic needle. See more »


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Carol Adams: I was sleeping off a pill Murdoch gave me for my nerves, I didn't hear a thing. What screams?
Tracy: Oh, just screams. We've heard 'em before. Every time we do, we find out the next day that somebody died
Carol Adams: Oh, now look, Tracy, you're not going soft and spooky on me, are you? I like you much better when you're your hard-bitten old self
Tracy: Just the same, I'll bet you a box of girls' scout cookies that somebody died last night
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Fun 1950's "B" Flick
27 July 2007 | by babeth_jrSee all my reviews

This 1957 movie from Columbia has an interesting premise...several scientists, who are over 200 years old, are running a girl's "reform school" so they can obtain energy from the young women to sustain their unnaturally long lives.

This is a typical low budget 1950's picture...cheap sets and no big name actors. William Hudson, most famous for playing the cheating husband in the class sci-fi thriller, "Attack of the 50 ft Woman", portrays Dr. Jess Rogers, who has been sent to the reform school to investigate several mysterious deaths of young women at the school. Charlotte Austin plays Carol Adams, an idealistic social worker at the school who starts to suspect foul play when so many healthy young woman suddenly die of "heart failure".

Several of the "girls" at the school look like they are being played by actresses who are way too long in the tooth to be teenagers or young woman. Despite this fact, the movie is interesting in it's premise. Victor Jory portrays the sinister head of the reformatory, Dr. Murdock. He is responsible for the "experiments" that end up with the murder of the girls at the school. When the 200 year old scientists are ready for a transfusion they start to turn to stone, hence the title of the movie. The make-up used to show the scientists turning to stone is not at all scary, actually it's laughable.

I liked this movie and thought it was fun. It's definitely not academy award winning material, but if you enjoy "b" movies from the 1950's you should enjoy this one.

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