The Alligator People

1959

Horror / Mystery / Sci-Fi

48
IMDb Rating 5.6 10 1,568

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Beverly Garland as Marie Reilly
George Macready as Younger Miles
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682.8 MB
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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
74 min
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74 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by shop7070-1 8 / 10 / 10

Surprisingly good 50s sci-fi fun; incorrect credit in DVD synopsis

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.

Reviewed by bensonmum2 7 / 10 / 10

"Dirty, stinkin', slimy gators!"

While honeymooning on a train, a couple receives several telegrams of congratulations. But when the husband, Paul Webster (Richard Crane), receives one telegram that seems to change his mood. He refuses to let his wife, Joyce Webster (Beverly Garland), see the telegram or tell her what the problem is. At the next stop, Paul disembarks to make a telephone call. But as the train gets underway again, Paul is not on board. Frantically, Joyce begins her search for her husband. There are few clues to go on. It's as if he never existed. She finally gets a lead that takes her to a house in the middle of the Louisiana bayou. The people in the house appear to be hiding something. Joyce has to find a way to get past their lies and discover the truth. What is her husband's secret and why is he hiding in the swamp? Before I saw this movie for the first time, I had read some really bad things about it. I had also seen images of some of the very cheesy special effects. The movie is much better than I had been led to believe. And even though the special effects are laughable, they have a certain charm about them that I find endearing. For such a low budget movie, this is one of the most beautifully shot black and white films I've ever seen. I realize that everything is stage-bound, but it has that look that I love about these older films. The sets in The Alligator People are comparable to those from the older Universal classic monster films. For the most part, the acting in The Alligator People is a step ahead of most other low budget films. Beverly Garland is completely believable as the heartbroken wife. She creates a character that I found it easy to care about. On the other end of the acting spectrum, Lon Chaney, Jr. gives one of the most embarrassing performances of his that I have seen to date. His drunken Cajun was a little too close to home and makes watching it that much more sad. The attempted rape scene (shocking for a film in 1959) has to be a real low point for Chaney. The Region 1 DVD features one of the best images I've seen for such a low budget, obviously B film. The widescreen print is simply gorgeous. It's too bad there are no real special features.

Reviewed by JoeKarlosi 7 / 10 / 10

The Alligator People (1959) ***

With a crazy title like "The Alligator People" this late '50s shocker is much too vulnerable to jokes and attacks, and that's unfortunate because it's actually much better than you might think, and the subject matter is taken quite seriously. Beverly Garland plays a newlywed wife named Joyce who despairs when her husband (Richard Crane) ducks off the train they're honeymooning on to make an urgent phone call, and then is never heard from again. Desperate, she tries without success to locate him until she eventually gets a lead that he could be at a house secluded off in the swamplands of the Louisiana bayou. Once there she is made aware of unusual experiments gone awry which involved her husband, and faces the horror that he is gradually turning into a scaly reptilian creature. His mother (Frieda Inescort, who's pretty bad in this) tries to discourage Joyce in her search and at first does not give her a welcome reception. Miss Garland is quite believable and sincere in her part, and this is a nice-looking black and white film shot in the cinemascope process, showing off some nice imagery in the land of alligators and snakes. Also adding to the experience is Lon Chaney, one of the uncouth local Cajun men who sports a hook in place of his left hand, having been a victim himself of an alligator attack. He never lets these "dirty, stinking gators" forget it either, as he constantly gets drunk and fires his gun at them, and tries to run them down with his jeep when they cross the road. One of the best lines in '50s schlock cinema may be when Lon yells to the human victim of the story: "I'll KILL you, Alligator Man... just like I'd kill any four legged gator!!". Chaney is also involved in a violent rape sequence, which is pretty shocking for those times. The scaly makeup for Richard Crane in its early stages is pretty effective, but when he emerges in full alligator-headed form later on, the first instinct is usually to laugh. But this is a '50s monster movie, after all, and many creatures of this era have been bizarre. Once you get past the initial sight of the Alligator Man, the result actually comes off not too bad at all. This is an enjoyable movie of its type for the period, and also comfortably short at only 75 minutes. *** out of ****

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