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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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Nola Mason - Waitress
Robert Long ...
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 ...
Mr. Wheeler - Hunter
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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What primitive passions...what mad desires drove him on...? He held them all in the grip of deadly terror...nothing could keep him from the woman he claimed as his own! See more »

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19 June 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre de las cavernas  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the first bar scene when the hunter pours beer from the bottle to the glass, the beer is totally flat, no foam appears in the glass. See more »

Goofs

The sabre-toothed cat's "tusks" only show up on the cat's body after its killed. All the shots earlier are of an ordinary tiger with normal fangs. See more »

Quotes

Prof. Clifford Groves: [Angry at skeptical scientists hearing his lecture] Let me assume you, for want of your own understanding, that man's boasting pride in his alleged advancement is based on one hollow precept that is his ego.
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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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Underrated B-Movie...Intense and Filled with Horror
25 September 2016 | by 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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