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The Alligator People (1959)

Approved | | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 16 July 1959 (USA)
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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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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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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 turned into a nightmare of horror! See more »

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Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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Trivia

Frieda Inescort's inability to overcome the challenges of multiple sclerosis was already becoming sadly apparent. See more »

Goofs

Joyce has a tiny suitcase. The first thing she removes from it is a huge fluffy robe. She also has several changes of clothes and shoes in the case. See more »

Quotes

Manon: I'll kill you Alligator Man! Just like I'd kill any four-legged gator!
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Referenced in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (2004) See more »

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Surprisingly good 50s sci-fi fun; incorrect credit in DVD synopsis
15 October 2006 | by shop7070-1See all my reviews

I heartily agree with the comments provided by reptilicus from Vancouver, Canada (and I appreciate the "high heels" heads-up, and the various actors' cross-refs).

I recommend this movie for its creative application of pre-60s sci-fi/horror canon: eerie melodrama, sympathetic characters, strictly implied gore, rough & toothless scientific explanation, and absolutely no pretensions to credibility, 'cause we're all just here to have fun anyway. Great use of bookends, and of ominous bayou atmosphere.

Note that the synopsis on the DVD case (20th Century Fox, released September 7, 2004) incorrectly lists "Lon Chaney" as our heroine's husband. Mr. Chaney actually plays the drunken Cajun, and Richard Crane plays the husband.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 1959 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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