The Alligator People

Synopsis: A newlywed couple sit in a train. The husband receives a frantic telegram. He gets off at a station to make a phone call, the train pulls away without him on it, and that's the last his wife sees of him. Years later after a long search she finally tracks him down on his family's southern estate where she discovers that a failed medical treatment has turned him into an alligator mutant.
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Roy Del Ruth
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
74 min




It was good of you to come,

busy as you are.

Never too busy for

an interesting case...


one ofyours.


Appreciate your interest.

On the phone you said...

you were having a serious

problem with a young girl.

Yeah- Nurse here,

as a matter of fact-.

- Pretty?

- Here's her case history.

- Jane Marvin.

- Yeah, that's the name she's using.

- Very competent girl.

- And pretty.

It happened when

she volunteered...

to help me in my research

in narco-hypnosis techniques.

- When do I get to see her?

- Right now if you want.

- Fine.

- jane, would you come in, please?

Yes, sir,.

She always appeared

perfectly normal.

Pure accident that I discovered

this strange thing about her.

Yes, Doctor?

Jane, I'd like you

to meet Dr- Lorimer.

He and I were halfthe football backfield

at med school. I did the blocking.

- How do you do, sir?

- Very happy to know you,jane.

I wanted Dr. Lorimer to be present

at our research experiment today.

- That is, if you have no objection.

- No. Why should I?


Excuse me.


here we go again.


Got a nice sharp one

for you this time.


start counting backwards-

From 20. I know.

That's right.

20, 19...



I've never known a subject

under Pentothol to lie.

- Nor have I.

- Why the lie detector?

You'll see later.

What is your name?



Joyce Hatten


Then you are married?

I was.

I was Mrs. Paul Webster.

- That is-

- Yes?

I'm not sure...

whetherl am married...

or ever reallym.

was married.

I'm not sure.

I'm just not sure.

Would you tell us

about itjoyce?

Everything about it.


That's rightjoyce.

From the beginning.

I met Paul overseas.

He was a lieutenant.

I was nursing

in a hospital.

We made plans

to be married...

after we were both discharged.

Oh! Ho-ho!

Very well done, steward.

- Isn't he an expert, Paul?

- Well, he gets lots of practice.

After all, we aren't

the first newlyweds...

on this train,

Mrs. Webster.

Call me that again.

- Mrs. Webster.

- Mmm, that sounds so wonderful.

You know,

I was beginning to doubt...

whether I was ever

going to get to hear that-.

Youjust try

and get away now.

Will there be

anything else, sir?

Oh, no. No, thanks.

Thank you very much.

Thank you, sir.

Thank you.

- Good night, sir.

- Good night.


I love you so much.

Why did we have to wait

so long?

Well, I, uh...

I wrote you after I

cracked up my plane-.

And scared me

halfout of my wits.

You wouldn't believe what that hospital

doctor told me when I called.

Well, what do you mean?

Well, according to him,

you were more dead than alive.

Almost every bone broken.

Completely torn,

mangled, smashed.

And you don't think

it was true?

Well, now, how could I?

Look at you.

You haven't got a mark.

You haven't got a scar.

You're much more handsome

than ever.

Do you know that nobody

would believe...

you were even

in a plane crash?

But it was true,


By all rights,

I should be dead.

You don't mean that.


you have a right to know. I...

I should have told you

before we were married.

- Told me what?

- How it was really.

Why I made us wait

so long-.

You see, honey-

- Who is it?

- It'; me again.

- I have some more wires.

- And nobody was supposed to know...

we were even on this train.

Come in.

Here you are, miss.

- Thank you. Here, you open these.

- All righty.

You folks certainly

must be popular.

Especially with the telegraph company.

- Oh.

- Is something wrong?


it's from the girls...

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Orville H. Hampton

Orville H. Hampton (May 21, 1917 – August 8, 1997) was an American screenwriter who worked mostly in low-budget films, particularly for producers Robert E. Kent and Edward Small. A screenplay that he and Raphael Hayes wrote for One Potato, Two Potato (1964) was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. more…

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