The Alligator People (1959)





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A confused horror yarn set in the Deep South, Alligator People stars Richard Crane as a husband who becomes accidently separated from his new wife (Beverly Garland) during a train ride. She tracks him down to the swamplands surrounding his family mansion. Her reunion with her husband is tarnished by the fact that he's been partially transformed into an alligator! This is the handiwork of doctor George MacReady, who's been conducting curious experiments with gators and humans. Garland must figure out a way to save her mutated husband from both the scientist and a drunken alligator hunter (Lon Chaney Jr.). The story is told in flashback, as psychiatrists try to figure out what has driven Garland insane. The Alligator People was the last film directed by Roy Del Ruth, light years away from his glory days at Warner Bros.
Classics , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Bruce Bennett
as Dr. Erik Lorimer
George Macready
as Dr. Mark Sinclair
Beverly Garland
as Jane Marvin
Lon Chaney Jr
as Mannon
Richard Crane
as Paul Webster
Frieda Inescort
as Mrs. Henry Hawthorne
Ruby Goodwin
as Lou Ann
John Merrick
as Nurse No. 1
Douglas Kennedy
as Dr. Wayne McGregor
Bill Bradley
as Patient
Hal K. Dawson
as Conductor
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Critic Reviews for The Alligator People

All Critics (4)

Screams and explosions ensue, and no movie was ever harmed by having a Lon Chaney on board.

Full Review… | October 26, 2011

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July 22, 2005

A sci-fi/horror film that refuses to be anything but unbelievable.

Full Review… | October 12, 2004
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Professionally made cheap thriller that's enjoyably silly.

May 23, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Alligator People

Classic 50's sci-fi horror. If you have any interest in these types of movies then this will not disappoint you. This is not the best out there and it's definitely not for big fans of modern horror/sci-fi disaster films (not films about disaster, rather films that are pure garbage, i.e., The Day After Tomorrow).

Jason Ross
Jason Ross

Ungodly slow at the beginning, it picks up steam later on. Basically a retelling of the Isle of Dr. Moreau. Why is it mad scientists are always in sme delapidated old mansion in the "woods/swamp" and have like a bazillion dollars in super scientifc equipment? Were they able to buy said equipment from the money they saved on gardners and home maintainence?

Bobby Diablo
Bobby Diablo

This is a very strange movie, part mystery, part horror, and part horrible movie. I wouldn't recommend it, but it's an interesting B-movie anyway.

Aj V
Aj V

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