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The Tingler ()


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An obsessed pathologist discovers and captures a parasitic creature that grows when fear grips its host.

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Dr. Warren Chapin
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Mrs. Martha Ryerson Higgins
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David Morris
Patricia Cutts ...
Isabel Stevens Chapin
Pamela Lincoln ...
Lucy Stevens
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Oliver 'Ollie' Higgins
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David Kinemon (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Prologue Himself - Host (uncredited)
Pat Colby ...
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Amy Fields ...
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Bob Gunderson ...
Ryerson - Screaming Convict (uncredited)
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Clarence Straight ...
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Luke Hatburn, in clip from Tol'able David (uncredited) (archiveFootage)

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William Castle

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William Castle ... producer

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Von Dexter

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Wilfrid M. Cline ... director of photography

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Chester W. Schaeffer
Jack Bachom ... (uncredited)
Edwin H. Bryant ... (uncredited)

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Phillip Bennett ... (as Phil Bennett)

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Milton Stumph

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Hazel Keats ... hairdresser (uncredited)
Monty Westmore ... makeup artist (uncredited)

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Herb Wallerstein ... assistant director
John Gaudioso ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Robert Pearl ... second props (uncredited)
Clarence Peet ... prop master (uncredited)

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John P. Livadary ... recording supervisor (as John Livadary)
Harry D. Mills ... sound (as Harry Mills)
Eldon Coutts ... recordist (uncredited)
Cy Harper ... cable man (uncredited)
Sol Jaffe ... mikeman (uncredited)

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Charles Franklin ... grip (uncredited)
Harold Hansen ... gaffer (uncredited)
Emil Oster ... camera operator (uncredited)
Arnold L. Rich ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Pat Sutherland ... grip (uncredited)

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Dona Holloway ... associate to producer
Pearl Leiter ... script supervisor (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Dr. Warren Chapin is a pathologist who regularly conducts autopsies on executed prisoners at the State prison. He has a theory that fear is the result of a creature that inhabits all of us. His theory is that the creature is suppressed by our ability to scream when fear strikes us. He gets a chance to test his theories when he meets Ollie and Martha Higgins, who own and operate a second-run movie theater. Martha is deaf and mute and if she is unable to scream, extreme fear should make the creature, which Chapin has called the Tingler, come to life and grow. Using LSD to induce nightmares, he begins his experiment. Written by garykmcd

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Also Known As
  • Le désosseur de cadavres (France)
  • Escalofrío (Spain)
  • Gyseren (Denmark)
  • A bizsergető (Hungary)
  • Schrei, wenn der Tingler kommt (West Germany)
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  • 82 min
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Budget $250,000 (estimated)

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Trivia Pamela Lincoln and Darryl Hickman, who play the young suitors, actually got married on November 28th after the Tingler release on July 29th 1959. They had two children, and divorced on December 8th, 1982. See more »
Goofs In almost every scene in which the Tingler appears, the wires maneuvering it are visible. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Tingler (2016). See more »
Quotes Isabel Stevens Chapin: The only way Dave Morris will marry my sister is over my dead body.
Dr. Warren Chapin: Unconventional but not impossible.
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