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The Alligator People (1959)

Approved | | Horror, 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.

Director:

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 turned into a nightmare of horror! See more »

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Horror | 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

Approximately 18 minutes in, when Chaney aka Manon is driving Joyce to Cypresses in the Ford pick up, as they are traveling before they run into the alligator on the road, you can see the reflection of a studio light above the passenger side in the window. It appears to be a single lamp unit. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Mark Sinclair: Here's something intriguing: Two similar muscular charts. You might think they were the same animal. But as you know, this is a man - this is an alligator.
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Connections

Edited into FrightMare Theater: The Alligator People (2017) See more »

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Ms. Garland walks the walk!
12 September 2005 | by shepardjessica-1See all my reviews

This typical "drive-in" flick of the late 50s is actually fairly complicated that gets very interesting in the last 45 minutes. "Starring" the totally under-appreciated Beverly Garland (a scream queen of the 50s) and Tuesday Weld's mom in PRETTY POISON in the 60s, this sly "gator" tale is walked through Cajun swamps into unknown realms where George MacReady and Lon Chaney, Jr. live every day. Thankfully, Ms. Garland (beautiful, talented, and finally on the color MY THREE SONS episodes) is SO believable in her character's plight about her husband's "condition" ..you're sucked it.

Best performance - Ms. Garland. A 7 out of 10. The husband (who looks the same to me ..even when he's "afllicted" is good), but the Mom, the servants, the HOUSE. It has all the ingredients that make "B" movies fascinating with a lot of help from Beverly Garland playing a lead Chara ..along with Bruce Bennett and various types. Recommended for it's breed of cat.


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