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At the same time, "The Alligator People" does benefit from a couple of good performances and a wonderfully creepy atmosphere. Beverly Garland stars as a young nurse who marries a handsome pilot, only to have him disappear on their honeymoon.
Her search for the missing groom eventaully leads her to a forbidding old mansion in the middle of a Louisiana swamp. The local residents are far from welcoming, not to mention various alligators and snakes that infest the area. She does indeed find her errant husband, very much a "changed" man thanks to the efforts of a mad scientist. The whole saga is told in flashbacks, as Ms. Garland relates her amazing story, under hypnosis, to her psychiatrist.
Beverly Garland is terrific in the lead, an attractive actress who deserved better projects than Grade B horror flicks. I must admit though that she has one quality that is compulsory for this type of movie--she sure knows how to scream ! Richard Crane is the unfortunate husband, spending much of the film looking like he has the rash from hell ! Veteran heavy George Macready is the "mad doctor", although his performance lacks the maniacal spark that would have added to the fun. Horror film icon, Lon Chaney, is "worth the price of admission" with his super, over-the-top role as a demented, alcoholic swamp denizen, who "hates dem gators"--it seems that one of them chomped his hand off! His scenes with Ms.Read more ›
Two doctors are talking at the start of the film, and one is telling he has just heard a story under hypnosis that he can scarcely credit. Jane (Beverly Garland), his receptionist, recounts the tale, which the doctor plays for his colleague. Jane had married a man from the Southern US, and while on their honeymoon, they were sitting on a train. He receives a frantic telegram, gets off at the station to place a telephone call, only to have the train pull off with his waiting Bride. The Bride gets off at the next stop and tries to find her groom, but he has vanished.
After years of searching, she finally tracks down the ancestral home of his family. His domineering mother does not welcome Jane, but Jane won't go away without answers to her questions. At times, as Jane prowls the bayous the movie is quite hauntingly lensed. However, dialog is stilted, frustrating, rushed, the acting is OTT or so understated it borders on laconic, and the special effects, well, as I said are grade C. Toss in the great Lon Chaney as a drunken lecherous redneck swamp-rat, a perfect bizarre touch to one strange film that seems to succeed in spite of itself!
Great fun for a cold rainy autumn night.
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I love all these old cult classics. Sometimes the old special effects have a better effect than modern tech!Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
There are a host of unheralded b-movie gems from the 50s and 60s, but THE ALLIGATOR PEOPLE isn't one of them. Read morePublished 3 months ago by K. Jump
I am probably being too kind here but I love the old horror and sci-fi. I was looking for another film actually and got this one instead. As the stars indicate is okay. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Steve Polonis
The Alligator People, 1959 film
A car parks at Webly Sanitarium. There is a problem with a young girl. Jane undergoes narco-hypnosis. No one lies under sodium pentothal. Read more
Not very scary, even in a fifties way, but not bad either. Three stars and better than many.Published 12 months ago by Mr V
These movies have to be rated on a sliding scale. Obviously lame by todays standards but enjoyable for anybody into 50's schlock. Nice copy.Published 12 months ago by douglas crump
No, Beverly Garland didn't say that in the film, but it would have made for a great line in what is decidedly one of my favorite 1950's B creature feature movies. Read morePublished 18 months ago by David H. (Austin)
"The Alligator People" is another 1950s B-movie that deals with man's habit of messing with Mother Nature. It was fairly well-written with Beverly Garland leading the cast. Read morePublished 19 months ago by D. Dalton
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