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The Alligator People (1959)

Approved | | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 16 July 1959 (USA)
A woman in a hypnotic state recounts to two doctors the details of a horrific experience from her past life that began with the mysterious and sudden disappearance of her husband.

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Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

Orville H. Hampton (screenplay), Orville H. Hampton (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Beverly Garland ... Joyce Webster, aka Jane Marvin
Bruce Bennett ... Dr. Eric Lorimer
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Manon (as Lon Chaney)
George Macready ... Dr. Mark Sinclair
Frieda Inescort ... Mrs. Lavinia Hawthorne, Henry's Wife
Richard Crane ... Paul Webster
Douglas Kennedy ... Dr. Wayne MacGregor
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Storyline

A newlywed couple sit in a train. The husband receives a frantic telegram. He gets off at a station to make a phone call, the train pulls away without him on it, and that's the last his wife sees of him. Years later after a long search she finally tracks him down on his family's southern estate where she discovers that a failed medical treatment has turned him into an alligator mutant. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Her Honeymoon...Shattered by an Unbelievable Horror! See more »

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Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El caimán humano See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In the early 1980s, 20th Century Fox produced, but did not release, a video game with the name of this movie. Made for the Atari 2600, it even very loosely followed the plot of the film, unlike some other 20th Century Fox games which just used the title of a film. A "prototype" copy of the unreleased game has since surfaced. See more »

Goofs

At 1:00:15, Dr. Sinclair states that Sun rays have a strong depressant affect on reptiles. In reality, reptiles, being cold blooded, need the Sun to begin moving in the morning hours. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Mark Sinclair: Paul...
Paul Webster: Yes...
Dr. Mark Sinclair: I'll never be able to tell you how sorry I am.
Paul Webster: Don't blame yourself, I certainly don't. Who can know everything? You're not God, Mark.
Dr. Mark Sinclair: I feel as if I've been playing at it... and been punished.
Paul Webster: Forget it.
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Should be seen in Cinemascope
6 May 2001 | by twanuritSee all my reviews

This 1959 Fox picture was actually filmed in Cinemascope; I've never seen it that way. The television and video version are severely cropped from aspect ratio 2.35:1 to 1.33:1 - you're missing almost half the picture. I'm sure they will correct this if it ever comes to DVD. We need see the expansive mansion and exotic swampland locales in their entirety, as well as the giddy climax of the alligator man's LONG, horizontal snout. Top-billed Beverly Garland (here a brunette) is very good as a woman seeking her missing fiance, now holed up in a mansion with a doctor (George MacCready) who's trying to cure him (he was in an accident) with reptilian serum. The man's domineering mother (Frieda Inescort) also resides, protecting and hiding her son from all, including Garland. Lon Chaney is superb as a drunken, one-handed hunter who detests alligators. The music is also eerie and effective. However, the film's plotline begins to fizzle out, with the fiance escaping from the laboratory and not doing much and the film sinks, like quicksand.


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