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The Invisible Ray (1936)

Approved  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  20 January 1936 (USA)
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A scientist becomes murderous after discovering, and being exposed to the radiation of, a powerful new element called Radium X.

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Dr. Janos Rukh (as Karloff)
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Frances Drake ...
Frank Lawton ...
Ronald Drake
Violet Kemble Cooper ...
Mother Rukh
Walter Kingsford ...
Sir Francis Stevens
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Lady Arabella Stevens
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Professor Meiklejohn (Mendelssohn in end credits)
Paul Weigel ...
Monsieur Noyer
Georges Renavent ...
Chief of the Surete (as Georges Renevant)
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Visionary scientist Janos Rukh convinces a group of scientists and supporters to mount an expedition to the African continent to locate and study an ancient meteorite of great significance. He exposes himself to the highly toxic radiation of the meteorite, and while an antidote devised by Dr. Benet saves him from death by radiation poisoning, his naked touch causes instant death to others. Back in London, the benefits of the meteorite's controlled radiation offer Dr. Benet an opportunity to restore eyesight to the blind. The antidote's toxicity excites Prof. Rukh into paranoid rages as he seeks revenge against the members of his expedition, who he accuses of stealing his discovery for their own glory. Written by Sister Grimm <srgrimm@teleport.com>

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Trivia

"Films in Review" devoted a lengthy retrospective article to "The Invisible Ray: A Reexamination:" by Richard J. Schmidt in its March 1986 issue. See more »

Goofs

As Dr. Rukh begins the projection of the ancient meteor impact, he shows a zoom sequence that passes the great nebula in Orion on the way to the Andromeda galaxy. Those two objects are found in completely different constellations and, therefore, different parts of the sky. A zoom sequence that aligns them is not correct. See more »

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Dr. Felix Benet: I believe that this city is at the mercy of a madman whose body is an engine of destruction.
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At the end: "A Universal Cast is Worth Repeating." This credit appeared on many Universal films of that era, not just "The Invisible Ray". It did not, however, appear on the cast list for the 1936 "Show Boat", which Universal also made. See more »


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The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
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Karloff/Lugosi...Need I Say More
17 November 1999 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

The Invisible Ray is an exciting story about an overworked scientist who works effortlessly in his Carpathian castle looking for secrets of the universe. Boris Karloff plays the scientist Janos Ruhk who travels with a band of other scientists to Africa for the spot where an unidentified element landed centuries ago. Karloff is very good as the scientist who accidentally poisons himself with this new radioactive element. Karloff is obsessed with the idea that his fellow travelers, amongst them the stately Lugosi as Dr. Benet, are after his honors and secrets of this new find. Because of this, Karloff goes on a maniacal murdering spree of his former friends. There are many good elements in this film, most dealing with the rather interesting story of science gone amok. Lugosi is good too, although his role is not very big. I must agree with many that this pairing of the horrific duo is a second to The Black Cat. Nonetheless this is a fine Universal science fiction/horror film.


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