Thursday, June 18, 2009

Indestructible Man (1956)

Indestructible Man
Written by Vy Russell & Sue Dwiggins
Directed by Jack Pollexfen

Charles “The Butcher” Benton....Lon Chaney Jr.
Lieutenant Dick Chasen....Max Showalter (as Casey Adams)
Eva Martin....Marion Carr
Paul Lowe....Ross Elliott


San Quentin death row inmate Charles “The Butcher” Benton vows revenge against the three “crumbs” that wronged him: former cohorts turned state’s evidence Squeamy Ellis and Joe Marcelli, and his lawyer Paul Lowe, who not only failed to keep him from prison but is also trying to get Butcher’s $600,000 stash from a hijacked armored truck.

When the time comes, Butcher is lead to the gas chamber and executed, but he doesn’t stay dead for long. Fueled by rage and aided by the mad science of Dr. Bradshaw, he is resurrected as…THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN (or T.I.M., as I like to call him.) T.I.M. hightails it to Los Angeles to fix those crumbs, but good.

Who do we root for in a situation like this, the monster of the dirty double-crossers? Neither, which is why we’ve got police lieutenant Dick Chasen on the case, out to stop all of them while wooing burlesque dancer Eva Martin, the Butcher’s former girlfriend.

One part crime-drama, one part sci-fi horror, Indestructible Man is a moderately entertaining revenge tale made watchable only by the presence of Lon Chaney, Jr. and the impeccable hard-boiled Dragnet-style narration of Lieutenant Chasen. I only which Chaney wasn’t rendered mute upon his transformation and the action scenes weren’t over so quickly. I liked watching T.I.M. hulk-out and toss his enemies around like rag dolls.



View the trailer below!


1956
Unrated
70 minutes
Black & White
United States
English

Indestructible Man is currently ranked #130,311 in DVDs at Amazon.com. Read more about it at the IMDB, rent it at Netflix, or buy it today!

"You thick-headed ape, you're gonna die tomorrow!"
--J/Metro

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