The Man Who Turned to Stone

The Man Who Turned to Stone (a.k.a. The Petrified Man[1]) is a 1957 black-and-white science fiction film from Columbia Pictures, produced by Sam Katzman, directed by László Kardos, that stars Victor Jory, William Hudson, and Charlotte Austin.[2] The screenplay was written by Bernard Gordon under his pen name Raymond T. Marcus.[3] The Man Who Turned to Stone was released in 1957 on a double bill with another Katzman-produced film, Zombies of Mora Tau.[3]

The Man Who Turned to Stone
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Directed byLászló Kardos
Produced bySam Katzman
Written byBernard Gordon
StarringVictor Jory
William Hudson
Charlotte Austin
Music byRoss DiMaggio
George Duning
CinematographyBenjamin H. Kline
Edited byCharles Nelson
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • March 1957 (1957-03)
Running time
71 minutes
CountryUnited States


Two hundred years ago, a group of unethical doctors learned to extend their lives by draining the vitality of others. Without such transfusions, they begin to slowly petrify. They become the medical staff of doctors at a girls' reform school, assuring a steady supply of vital young bodies to feed upon. However, two outsiders sent to the school, Dr. Jess Rogers (Hudson) and social worker Carol Adams (Austin), become suspicious of the unusual number of otherwise healthy inmates dying of heart failure or suicide. They begin a quiet investigation, eventually exposing the doctors and their crimes and saving future victims.


See also


  1. MOVIELAND EVENTS: Victor Jory Stars in Science Thriller Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 05 Oct 1956: 27.
  2. The Man Who Turned to Stone on IMDb
  3. It Came from 1957: A Critical Guide to the Year's Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films by Rob Craig (Sep 25, 2013)


  • Warren, Bill. Keep Watching the Skies: American Science Fiction Films of the Fifties, 21st Century Edition. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2009, ISBN 0-89950-032-3.

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