The Indestructible Man

Overview

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...
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Overview

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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Special Features

Lon Chaney trailers; Lon Chaney video featurette; Lon Chaney Live!; Bonus TV Lon Chaney episode "The Whistler"
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Looking for all the world like an aged and rather dyspeptic Lennie right out of Of Mice and Men, dressed in an unattractive overcoat, Lon Chaney Jr. is not likely to frighten anyone at this late stage in the game. A mix of sci-fi theatrics, heist melodrama, and Joe Friday "just-the-facts-ma'am" blandness, The Indestructible Man is hardly the classic the video re-release artwork suggests. Incredibly cheap and attempting to mask a bad screenplay with tedious voice-over narration, Jack Pollexfen's little treatise does have its unintentionally humorous moments, however, such as Chaney's resurrected gangster single-handedly lifting the rear of a sedan to help a wayfarer change a tire while a curvaceous brunette looks on in (badly acted) horror; or stalking his prey through Los Angeles with both hands snugly kept in pockets to ward off that well known L.A. chill. But when all is said and done, two questions remain unanswered: Would a nice girl like Marian Carr really go out on no less than two dates with anyone looking as dissipated as even the pre-Indestructible Man Chaney? And why is it that mad scientists in these kind of movies always choose to bring back to life dead madmen or criminals rather than, say, professors of fine literature?
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/16/2013
  • UPC: 802993213807
  • Original Release: 1956
  • Source: Retro Media
  • Region Code: 0
  • Aspect Ratio: Vistavision (1.66:1)
  • Presentation: Black & White / Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Time: 1:13:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 49,359

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lon Chaney Jr. The Butcher
Ross Elliott Paul Lowe
Marvin Ellis Squeamy Ellis
Robert Shayne Prof. Bradshaw
Ken Terrell Joe Marcellia
Casey Adams Chasen
Marian Carr Eva Martin
Joe Flynn
Stuart Randall Police Captain
Max Showalter
Technical Credits
Jack Pollexfen Director, Producer
Chris Beute Production Manager
Sue Bradford Screenwriter
Fred R. Feitshans Jr. Editor
Albert Glasser Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Ted Holsopple Art Director, Production Designer
Vi Russell Screenwriter
John Russell Jr. Cinematographer
John L. Russell Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Indestructible Man
1. Chapter 1 [:17]
2. Chapter 2 [2:08]
3. Chapter 3 [7:54]
4. Chapter 4 [14:42]
5. Chapter 5 [9:19]
6. Chapter 6 [7:15]
7. Chapter 7 [12:05]
8. Chapter 8 [8:17]
9. Chapter 9 [5:13]
10. Chapter 10 [5:45]
1. Chapter 1 [3:16]
2. Chapter 2 [7:49]
3. Chapter 3 [7:07]
4. Chapter 4 [3:20]
5. Chapter 5 [4:16]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Indestructible Man
   Start Killing
   Chapters
   Lon Chaney Featurette
   Lon Chaney Trailers
      Indestructible Man
      Blood Of The Man Devil
      The Alligator People
      Dracula Vs. Frankenstein
   Bonus Lon Cheney TV Episode: The Whistler
   Lon Chaney Live!
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