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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




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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Human or inhuman? No woman is safe...! See more »


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The film was refused a UK theatrical certificate by the BBFC in April 1957 and eventually passed with cuts 3 months later. See more »


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


Tracy: Did you hear those screams last night?
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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Near Fossilized Hokum
24 February 2012 | by GordJacksonSee all my reviews

A motley crew of 240 year old plus crustaceans, led by suave but diabolical doctor Victor Jory, are hanging out at a reform school for teenage girls, who are really in their upper twenties and early thirties. But I digress. It seems that to keep themselves alive, these crumbling pillars of the medical fraternity have to indulge in a little bioelectrical hanky panky from time to time. However, the ruse will soon be up because Miss Goody Two Shoes prison psychologist Charlotte Austin and prison psychiatrist William Hudson, (he being the nasty hubby of poor, dear Allison Hayes in the fifties cult classic "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman") are both determined to put an end to the chicanery that is going on.

As much a B-mystery movie as it is a B-horror movie, "The Man Who Turned To Stone" celebrates a silly script, leaden pacing and granite-like performances except for Jory, and Ann Doran as 1957s foreshadowing of Nurse Ratchet. A minor low-brow effort with little to redeem itself, "The Man Who Turned To Stone" is a cheapie quickie that somehow managed to do respectable box office by virtue of an enticing ad campaign and, much more importantly, a generous television advertising budget at a time when such products rarely got the sort of dollars this one (and its packaged co-feature "Zombies of Mora Tau") received. I know, because in my city it was the television ads flowing out of Buffalo that immeasurably hyped our box office at the Downtown Theatre in Hamilton.

Almost instantly forgettable, "The Man Who Turned To Stone" is a minor, 71 minute artifact that should really have been on the lower half of the double bill package given it's "Zombies of Mora Tau" that displays most of the life.

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March 1957 (USA) See more »

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El hombre de piedra See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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