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The Neanderthal Man (1953)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 19 June 1953 (USA)
Professor Groves, an expert in prehistoric life, proves his theories with an extract that'll regress a cat to a saber-tooth tiger and man to a Neanderthal.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Prof. Clifford Groves (as Robert Shane)
Joyce Terry ...
Jan Groves (as Joy Terry)
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Dr. Ross Harkness
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Ruth Marshall
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Nola Mason - Waitress
Robert Long ...
George Oakes
Tandra Quinn ...
Celia - Housekeeper (as Jeanette Quinn)
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Charlie Webb
Eric Colmar ...
Buck Hastings
Dick Rich ...
Sheriff Andy Andrews
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Danny - Townsman
Frank Gerstle ...
Anthony Jochim ...
Skeptical Naturalist
Marshall Bradford ...
Conference Chairman
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Dr. Fairchild
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Wheeler, a tourist-hunter in the California High Sierras, is not believed by the patrons of Webb's Cafe when he claims to have run across a live tiger with tusks. Among the scoffers is game-warden Oakes - until he is driving home later that night and the critter hops on the hood of his car. Oakes convinces a skeptical Dr. Harkness, state university zoologist, to come to the small town to investigate. At Webbs', Harkness meets Ruth, fiancée of Prof. Groves who maintains his home and lab outside the town, and thru her meets Groves' daughter, Jan. Groves himself is down in the city, angrily trying to convince the Naturalists' Society of the truth of his theory that the size of skull and brain equate with intelligence, and therefore Neanderthal man was equal, if not superior, to Homo sapiens. He is rejected, and by the time he returns home, seems completely unhinged, rejecting his fiancée and secluding himself in his lab. There, he has developed a serum with which he is experimenting. ... Written by Rich Wannen <RichWannen@worldnet.att.net>

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HALF MAN...HALF BEAST...He held them all in the grip of deadly terror...nothing could keep him from this woman he claimed as his own! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated
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19 June 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre de las cavernas  »

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(Ryder Sound Services)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When a saber-tooth tiger attacks George, the close-up image of the beast is a cheap stuffed animal with long teeth added in and whiskers drawn in. The image only appears for a second. The tiger footage used shows no such teeth and is obvious stock footage. See more »

Goofs

In discussing the development of the brains of the most primitive man to modern man, Professor Groves rates Neanderthals as higher on the evolutionary chain than Cro-Magnon man. See more »

Quotes

Prof. Clifford Groves: The world's gone completely mad. Sometimes I think I'm the only rational being left in it... one person telling a fairy tale and the other one believing it.
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Crazy Credits

Even though he has top billing, Robert Shayne's name is misspelled as "Robert Shane." See more »

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Featured in Svengoolie: The Neanderthal Man (1995) See more »

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Underrated B-Movie...Intense and Filled with Horror
25 September 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Aside from one Glaring Flaw, this is an Underrated Horror Film that came Early in the 1950's Cycle. Robert Shayne gives a Thoughtful, Intense, and Realistic Performance.

There are some Unsettling Visuals like the Deaf and Dumb Maid's Photographs, the Creepy and very Well Done Makeup for the Titular Monster, and the Murder Mutilations are done with Verve.

Along with Shayne as the Mad Scientist, Beverly Garland Proves why She is a Scream Queen of Note. The Central "Skeptical Scientist" is by Richard Crane, and makes for a rather Stiff, but Acceptable Turn.

There is an Atmosphere of Dread as the Tale Unfolds, mostly because of Shayne's Descent into Madness and the Brutal Murders of the Townies.

The Aforementioned "Glaring Flaw" is Obvious. The Sabre Tooth Tiger. Much is made of this "Can't be Real" Beast, but when Shown Prowling for Prey the Fangs are Missing, but otherwise Close-Ups Reveal Huge Foot Long Teeth.

It is a Distraction that is Intolerable and Unfitting this Underrated B-Movie that Otherwise makes its Low-Budget Scientific and Philosophical Points with Stylish Flourishes and Entertains for its 78 Minutes.


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