The Alligator People (1959) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Alligator People (1959)





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Movie Info

A confused horror yarn set in the Deep South, Alligator People stars Richard Crane as a husband who becomes accidently separated from his new wife (Beverly Garland) during a train ride. She tracks him down to the swamplands surrounding his family mansion. Her reunion with her husband is tarnished by the fact that he's been partially transformed into an alligator! This is the handiwork of doctor George MacReady, who's been conducting curious experiments with gators and humans. Garland must figure out a way to save her mutated husband from both the scientist and a drunken alligator hunter (Lon Chaney Jr.). The story is told in flashback, as psychiatrists try to figure out what has driven Garland insane. The Alligator People was the last film directed by Roy Del Ruth, light years away from his glory days at Warner Bros.


Bruce Bennett
as Dr. Erik Lorimer
George Macready
as Dr. Mark Sinclair
Beverly Garland
as Jane Marvin
Richard Crane
as Paul Webster
Frieda Inescort
as Mrs. Henry Hawthorne
Ruby Goodwin
as Lou Ann
Douglas Kennedy
as Dr. Wayne McGregor
John Merrick
as Nurse No. 1
Bill Bradley
as Patient
Hal K. Dawson
as Conductor
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Critic Reviews for The Alligator People

All Critics (4)

Screams and explosions ensue, and no movie was ever harmed by having a Lon Chaney on board.

October 26, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A sci-fi/horror film that refuses to be anything but unbelievable.

October 12, 2004 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Professionally made cheap thriller that's enjoyably silly.

May 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for The Alligator People


This is a very strange movie, part mystery, part horror, and part horrible movie. I wouldn't recommend it, but it's an interesting B-movie anyway.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


Two and a half stars based entirely on it's sheer camp [kamp] factor. Cheesy fun that might scare the youngest among us. (Did I just say "youngest among us"?!)

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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