Indestructible Man

1956

Indestructible Man

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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.

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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Audience Reviews for Indestructible Man

  • Sep 28, 2018
    A murdering psychopath (Chaney, of course) and career criminal is reanimated after being sentenced to death. The gang that ratted him out to the D.A. is now in trouble as the reanimation included making the brute super strong and invulnerable. So now he's a modern day Frankenstein loose in Los Angeles. Sometimes so corny it lends itself to laughter, but still better than many others in this genre. There's plenty of babes wandering the set in their swimsuits, too.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 23, 2016
    A Frankenstein rip off with the most boring dialogues and ridiculous plot I've seen. It tried to use a crime thriller narrative but it failed miserably.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 12, 2012
    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 H Super Reviewer
  • Nov 14, 2010
    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 B Super Reviewer

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