CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

Public Domain Horror ~ "Indestructible Man"

In December 1946, Lon Chaney Jr. was released from his contract from Universal Studios, thus ending his hey day as a tortured leading man. With the exception of "Bud Abbott & Lou Costello meet Frankenstein," Chaney Jr. made a living portraying small character roles and thugs. When one sees Chaney first appearance behind a jail cell, one sees an actor who aged much in 10 years since "House of Frankenstein."

Released the same year as "The Searchers," "The King and I" and "Around the World in 80 Days," "Indestructible Man" looks like a black & white episode of "Dragnet," complete with lead detective's narration. Chaney Jr. portrays the condemned killer, "Butcher" Benton. Like Lon Chaney Jr.'s role as Dynamo Dan the Electric Man from "Man Made Monster," Butcher is executed but is brought back to life by two familiar character actors from television, Joe ("McHale's Navy's" Admiral Binginham) Flynn and Bob ("Superman's" Inspector Henderson). At 71 minutes this film does drag, but like his father's scenes in "The Phantom of the Opera," Chaney Jr. makes "Indestructible Man" interesting view of a traditional monster in a modern time.
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