Indestructible Man

1956

Indestructible Man (1956)

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Lt. Dick Chasen (Casey Adams) narrates the strange story of Charles "Butcher" Benton (Lon Chaney, Jr.), a condemned man who came back for revenge. In prison, Butcher refuses to reveal to his crooked lawyer Lowe (Ross Elliott) where he hid $600,000 from a bank robbery. Even though he's due to be executed, Butcher vows revenge on Lowe and his partners, Squeamy (Marvin Ellis) and Joe (Ken Terrell). Lowe visits stripper Eva (Marion Carr), to whom Butcher has sent a map of the spot in the Los Angeles sewer system where he hid the loot, but Lowe opens the letter first, and secretly takes the map. After the execution, Butcher's body is taken to San Francisco scientist Prof. Bradshaw (Robert Shayne) who's trying for a cure for cancer, but instead his experiments bring Butcher back to life. His cellular structure has been increased to the point where he's nearly indestructible, and he is incredibly strong. He kills the scientist and his assistant, and heads for Los Angeles. When stripper Eva turns out to be very different from the person he was expecting, Dick becomes attracted to her. Butcher, who can no longer speak, arrives and learns she doesn't have the map. Aware of Butcher's vow, he tries to inform Squeamy, but Butcher kills both Squeamy and Joe. The panic-stricken Lowe punches a cop and gets tossed in jail as a way of hiding from Butcher; when the cops threaten to release him, he talks and reveals the map. Butcher overhears Dick and the others planning to take care of him with flamethrowers, but just as he finds the loot, he's hit with a bazooka and blasted with the flamethrowers. Hideously burned, he leaves the sewers and climbs to the top of a big crane, which runs into high tension wires, and Butcher is disintegrated. And in the end, Dick and Eva get together.

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Cast

Lon Chaney Jr
as The Butcher/Charles Benton
Marian Carr
as Eva Martin
Creighton Chaney
as The Butcher
Ross Elliot
as Paul Lowe
Ross Elliott
as Paul Lowe
Robert Shayne
as Prof. Bradshaw
Ken Terrell
as Joe Marcellia
Marvin Ellis
as Squeamy Ellis
Stuart Randall
as Police Captain
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½

A mix between a Frankenstein story and film noir. Lon Chaney Jr. only has two lines in the whole film but he manages to carry his scenes alright. Kinda slow at points but manages to get some good thrills, especially at the end. Overall, not a bad way to waste an hour.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

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A cliche detective narrates about being on the trail of stolen money that never turned up after a heist. Three criminals, one a murderer, are suspected of being involved. Also the lawyer representing all three is suspected. The murderer is put to death and then like Frankenstein's monster is brought back to life with added strength and skin impervious to bullets, except on the low budget there is no monster makeup. Lon Chaney Jr. lumbers around seeking revenge. The detective starts to become friendly with the murderer's last known "girlfriend," a burlesque dancer with a heart of gold. Nothing special or exciting.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

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How many times has Chaney been brought back to life with electricity? This movie's pretty boring for the most part, but it's also kind of cool in some parts too like the ending.

Aj V
Aj V

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½

I watched this one cause I'm a Ross Elliott fan, didn't realize that Lon Chaney Jr was the big star in this one. Can you be the star of a Movie with only 2 lines. Chaney plays a criminal on Death Row, after he is fried by the electric chair his body is sold of course to a mad doctor, who really doesn't seem so mad, but he brings Lon back to life, his criminal name the Butcher. And the Butcher vowed before he died to get his crooked lawyer, and mob boss who set him up. Its in Black & White, would make Chiller theater, more of a suspense film / crime wave, then a horror film. 2 1/2 stars get it in a multi pack, pass on the single a waste of money.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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