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The Tingler (1959)

Not Rated | | Horror | 29 July 1959 (USA)
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An obsessed pathologist discovers and captures a parasitic creature that grows when fear grips its host.

Director:

William Castle

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Robb White
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vincent Price ... Dr. Warren Chapin
Judith Evelyn ... Mrs. Martha Ryerson Higgins
Darryl Hickman ... David Morris
Patricia Cutts Patricia Cutts ... Isabel Stevens Chapin
Pamela Lincoln Pamela Lincoln ... Lucy Stevens
Philip Coolidge ... Oliver 'Ollie' Higgins
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Dr. Warren Chapin is a pathologist who regularly conducts autopsies on executed prisoners at the State prison. He has a theory that fear is the result of a creature that inhabits all of us. His theory is that the creature is suppressed by our ability to scream when fear strikes us. He gets a chance to test his theories when he meets Ollie and Martha Higgins, who own and operate a second-run movie theater. Martha is deaf and mute and if she is unable to scream, extreme fear should make the creature, which Chapin has called the Tingler, come to life and grow. Using LSD to induce nightmares, he begins his experiment. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

29 July 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El aguijón de la muerte See more »

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)| Stereo (partial)

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Color (one scene)| Black and White

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Clips from Tol'able David (1921) are shown in the cinema. See more »

Goofs

An experienced coroner like Dr. Chapin would not say, as he does at one point, "Organic poisons are like old soldiers: they never die. They just lie smoldering in the grave." Organic poisons degrade rapidly after the death of a poisoning victim, and many of them are completely removed by the process of embalming. In the context of the film, however, it's possible Chapin knew this and was trying to psyche out Isabel into giving herself away. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Warren Chapin: Either you give Lucy half of all the money you have and leave her alone, or you commit suicide right now.
Isabel Stevens Chapin: Suicide? You mean murder.
Dr. Warren Chapin: When I finish rearranging things, it'll look like suicide.
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Alternate Versions

Columbia provided a slightly revised version for drive-ins. The black-out sequence with Vincent Price saying the The Tingler is loose in the theatre, is replaced with black footage with William Castle saying that The Tingler is loose in the drive-in and actors screaming that The Tingler is in the back seat. The Columbia exchanges could simply splice in the replacement footage to make an existing print suitable for drive-in bookings. See more »

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Featured in TJ and the All Night Theatre: The Tingler (1982) See more »

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User Reviews

 
Price Is Right, But I Liked 'Ollie' Best!
22 February 2009 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

"Ollie" was my favorite person in this movie. What a strange dude! He was full of surprises, including reactions to things, comments he makes and, of course, deeds he commits.

Yeah, Vincent Price proves again what a fine actor we was, and is the star of the film, but I really enjoyed Philip Coolidge's (Ollie) performance. As for Price, watching this other day made me scratch my head and wonder how such a good actor could play in so many cheesy films?

Whatever, those two along with Patricia Cutts (the tramp wife), Judith Evelyn (Ollie's deaf-mute wife), Darryl Hickman and Pamela Lincoln all did a pretty nice job, although Price's acting talents stand out among the cast.

It also would have fun to see this in the theater 50 years ago when they rigged the seats to tingle during certain scenes! That really happened! Director William Castle really tried everything to get the audience. He even stopped the film and asked the audience to scream! It must have been hilarious. You have to give it to the man for his effort to promote his "horror" films.

The movie begins slowly so one has to have patience with this story. Once it kicks in though, it's very good with some shocking scenes (including a color scene or two) and some interesting twists. However, to be fair, there are a lot of holes in this story and really, really corny things......but that's part of the fun. It's like Ed Wood films - so bad, you have to laugh.

The DVD looks good. This is a nice transfer, which is important with all the lights and shadows. You can see some alternate scenes, too, which are interesting.


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