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A young wife (Beverly Garland) is abandoned by her husband on their wedding day. Distraught, she traces him to his ancestral home in the bayous of Louisiana, where, amid the swamps and deadly undergrowth, she discovers a terrible secret. Her husband was saved from death by an experimental medical procedure involving serum derived from alligators and now he's developing horrifying side-effects. She'll face any danger to help him, but soon discovers her love may not be enough.


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  • Actors: Beverly Garland, Bruce Bennett, Lon Chaney Jr., George Macready, Frieda Inescort
  • Directors: Roy Del Ruth
  • Writers: Charles O'Neal, Orville H. Hampton, Robert M. Fresco
  • Producers: Jack Leewood
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002IQL8K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,724 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Alligator People" on IMDb

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Freeman on September 19, 2004
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I will not delve to much into the movie itself as it has been pretty well covered here. While i do not see a comparison to The Fly as one contributor did, i do think this may have been a precursor to Swamp Thing, as regeneration of body tissue and limbs is the idea of the mad scientist. Gator genes used on humans? You know its gonna go bad. And Lon Chaney Jr., although in a lesser role is a real treat. The DVD qulaity is spectacular and the Widescreen presentation is truly widescreen aspect, no anamorphic deception on this one as on so many of these old classics. If you like the old sci-fi/horror of the 50's this is a pretty decent movie and as said, a very nice print.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By peterfromkanata on November 19, 2004
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"The Alligator People" is a typical, 50s, low-budget horror film that provides some fun for fans of the genre ( fans like me ! ). It would be an understatement to say that special effects and make-up have made a quantum leap in movies since 1959, the year that this film was released theatrically. Today, many viewers will find the title creatures more amusing than horrific.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Benstarbuck on December 6, 2009
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don't ya love enthusiastically semi-shabby and politically incorrect old B movies ? you get to see all kinds of cool stuff like water jeeps and whisky fueled performances by elders from the golden age of horror . the appliance our poor titular character (BRUCE BENNETT) has to wear toward the end of this very engaging knee slapper is genuinely one of a kind . cool house . pretty darn good performance by BEVERLY GARLAND . fantastically fun performance by LON CHANEY JR. . always good to see old reliable faces like GEORGE MACREADY being all earnest and driven' that water jeep and whatnot . the swamp is super fun to see and is bona fide atmospheric . here , take my hand and step back in time to 1959 . see how they did it . you won't be sorry . promise .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Norvell on July 4, 2004
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A doctor uses a serum on his nurse, Jane (Beverly Garland) to get her to re-live a trauma she has no memory of. A very strange tale emerges: When her husband Paul disappears on their honeymoon, Jane traces him to a Louisiana plantation deep in the swamps where no one will tell her what happened to him. She insists on staying and discovers Paul is around but can't find him. Why? Because mad doctor George Macready is performing bizarre experiments with alligators (and people) and Paul is turning into an alligator! Lon Chaney Jr. co-stars as a hook-handed assistant with a hatred for "gaters" because one bit off his hand and Frieda Inescourt ("Return of the Vampire") is the mistress of the plantation trying to cover up the awful horrors as Garland gets more and more inquisitive. There's Deep South atmosphere to spare and creepy crawlies in the swamp as Garland runs around screaming. She's good as Jane and really put through the mill here. Obviously, this is no classic but it's a fun 50's creature feature for collectors with laughable make-up effects and a fun turn by Chaney Jr. with that hook-hand. No wonder Jane developed amnesia after this experience...when you see the "alligator-man" you'll know why. Gotta love it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 16, 2004
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Lon Chaney jr. hates alligators. One of the horrible reptiles ate one of his hands (now replaced by a nifty hook), and Lon's held a grudge ever since! Enter Jane (Beverly Garland), searching for her runaway groom. She ends up in the swamplands of gator-country, where a mad scientist is injecting war vets with alligator serum. Uh-oh! His patients are getting mighty scaly! Jane must face the awful truth about her husband and his involvement in these hideous experiments! She must also face Lon jr! Watch out for that hook! ALLIGATOR PEOPLE is every bit as good as it's title implies. Worth a quick peek on a sleepless night...
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 6, 2004
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The Alligator People is more of a mild hoot, than a horror film. One of the grade C-flicks, not good enough to be a B-Drive In film! Still, it's a delight to people who love old B&W horror films. This film must be loaded with more phobias and prejudices per square inch than any other horror film of the period, yet instead of insulting people (too much, lol) it all gels into one great time.

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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