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The Alligator People

3.7 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews

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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
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  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002IQL8K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,862 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Alligator People" on IMDb

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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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"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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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. It may seem odd to give a picture like this five stars but it deserves it for what it accomplishes and for its remarkable cast of reliable actors who had starred in earlier Hollywood classics. The story line is standard 1950's fare with medical experiments gone wrong with the usual monstrous results.

The ever-reliable scream queen Beverly Garland leads a cast of accomplished actors. Along with Lon Chaney who made Universal a lot of money with his movies, ALLIGATOR PEOPLE gives us George Macready who was in GILDA and PATHS OF GLORY, Frieda Inescort who appeared in THE LETTER and PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (the Greer Garson vehicle) and Bruce Bennett (of MILDRED PIERCE fame). The old troopers give it their all which shows what professionals they were, considering the material they had to work with.

My main criterion for judging the fitness of a creature feature is if it has at least one certain 'moment' where one either reacts with shock (THE DAY THE MARS INVADED EARTH) or with a shriek of joy and laughter when the 'creature' is revealed (THE WASP WOMAN). ALLIGATOR PEOPLE definitely is an example of the evocation of the latter.

ALLIGATOR PEOPLE is nicely filmed, it is far from boring, the actors give it their all, it is in black and white, and it is definitely worth the time. If you cherish these old 1950's B flicks as much as I do, this movie will make you smile.
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I saw this film as a kid in Camden, NJ when it was released in the theaters way back in the 50's. I thought that this movie was a fantastic b-movie, but, all others thought it to be corny. "OH WELL!" However, I will not let go the plot, but, if you like fun-filled b-movies this one is for you. It stars the all-time great scream queen Beverly Garland and Lon Chaney as a lush with a hook for a hand on one arm. Also in this movie is an actress that was little known for her portrayal in bit parts known as Freida Inescort. I have another film which stars Bela Lugosi titled "The Return of The Vampire" in which she portrays a scientist. There are no other familiar faces in this flick other than those I had mentioned. Still, this movie has a strange plot in which this mad nutty scientist is turning people into alligators. That's all I am letting out. If you want to find out more, you'll have to view the film. If you love campy b-movies with a lot going on, you'll love this one.
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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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