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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.

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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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Nerve-shattering terror! 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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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 »

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The mother-in-law's accent ranges all over the map. Very occasionally it actually does sound like some kind of southern accent. 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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Referenced in Hooligan's Valley (2005) See more »

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To Beverly, Bruce & Lon: 'See You Later, Alligator!'
25 February 2009 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

The very good last third of this film and an outstanding ending made this movie worthwhile for me to watch. One has to be patient in some of these classic films, as many of them begin rather slowly.....but there is a reward if you stick with it.

This story is told in flashback as a woman "Joyce Weber," played by Beverly Garland) is given an injection and relates to two doctors the amazing story of what happened to her and her missing husband.

Garland did well and looked terrific. She was a little over 30 years of age at the time she made this film. Sadly, she just died a few months ago (as of this review) at the age of 82. She has a long resume of movies and TV shows.

Lon Chaney plays a goofy role, a man who is obsessed with shooting alligators after one had the nerve to eat his hand. He makes a play for Beverly in one scene, trying to get her drunk and have his way with her. Can't blame the poor slob.

Bruce Bennett, who plays the main doctor here, also died recently, passing away at the age of 90 in 2007. Bennett did some great 1940s films like "Mildred Pierce" and "Dark Passage," plays the main doctor. George Macready, whose best days were behind him, too, ("Gilda" is my favorite film of his) is the other doctor, who is there to witness "Joyce's" story as it is told under some sort of truth serum.

Lesser-known Richard Crane plays the "Paul Crane," the alligator man.

The title of the film is a bit misleading. "Alligator People" imply plural - more than one, but there really is only one alligator man in this film, and he only looks like a guy with a bad sunburn and acne! At the end, though, Crane dons a rubber suit with an alligator head that will have you howling - in laughter, not fear! The other alligator-men are only shown as patients lying in their beds. It's all part of a man-plays-God experiment in which the good doctor is trying to help people who are desperate straights.

Without giving the last 25 minutes away - which was very good - along with particularly excellent ending that had some intelligent twists to it - suffice it made up for the earlier slower moments.


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