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Director:
Writers:
John Colton (screenplay)
Howard Higgin (original story) ...
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Release Date:
20 January 1936 (USA) See more »
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Delving into new, strange fields of mystery! See more »
Plot:
A scientist becomes murderous after discovering, and being exposed to the radiation of, a powerful new element called Radium X. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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(2 articles)
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Delightfully Silly and Naive Sci-Fi See more (44 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Boris Karloff ... Dr. Janos Rukh (as Karloff)

Bela Lugosi ... Dr. Felix Benet
Frances Drake ... Diane Rukh
Frank Lawton ... Ronald Drake
Violet Kemble Cooper ... Mother Rukh
Walter Kingsford ... Sir Francis Stevens

Beulah Bondi ... Lady Arabella Stevens

Frank Reicher ... Professor Meiklejohn (Mendelssohn in end credits)
Paul Weigel ... Monsieur Noyer
Georges Renavent ... Chief of the Surete (as Georges Renevant)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Adams ... (uncredited)
Ricca Allen ... Bystander (uncredited)
Charles Bastin ... French Newsboy (uncredited)
May Beatty ... Mme. LeGrand (uncredited)
Ted Billings ... Counterman (uncredited)
Ernest A. Bouveron ... French Newsboy (uncredited)
Helen Brown ... Blind Girl's Mother (uncredited)
Daisy Bufford ... Infant's Mother (uncredited)
André Cheron ... Surete Official Checking Names (uncredited)
Alex Chivra ... Cook (uncredited)
Ann Marie Conte ... Blind Girl (uncredited)
Edwards Davis ... Scientist (uncredited)
Jean De Briac ... Gendarme (uncredited)
Dudley Dickerson ... Safari Member (uncredited)
Charles Fallon ... Gentleman (uncredited)
Constant Franke ... Police Detective (uncredited)
Clarence Gordon ... Porter / Servant (uncredited)
Robert Graves ... Gendarme (uncredited)
Winter Hall ... Minister (uncredited)
Daniel L. Haynes ... Rukh's Head Bearer (uncredited)
Isabel La Mal ... Bystander (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Surete Official Checking Names (uncredited)
Francisco Marán ... Gendarme (uncredited)
Paul McAllister ... Papa LaCosta (uncredited)
Etta McDaniel ... Diane's Safari Attendant (uncredited)
Walter Miller ... Derelict (uncredited)
Edward Reinach ... Scientist (uncredited)
Hans Schumm ... Clinic Valet (uncredited)
Ynez Seabury ... Celeste (uncredited)
Adele St. Mauer ... Mme. Noyer (uncredited)
Lawrence Stewart ... Runner-boy (uncredited)
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ... Native First Seeing Rukh Glow (uncredited)
Ray Turner ... Bearer with Geiger-Counter (uncredited)
Lucio Villegas ... Pierre (uncredited)
Nydia Westman ... Briggs (uncredited)
Lloyd Whitlock ... Scientist (uncredited)

Directed by
Lambert Hillyer 
 
Writing credits
John Colton (screenplay)

Howard Higgin (original story) &
Douglas Hodges (original story)

Produced by
Edmund Grainger .... producer (uncredited)
Fred S. Meyer .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Franz Waxman (musical score)
 
Cinematography by
George Robinson 
 
Film Editing by
Bernard W. Burton  (as Bernard Burton)
 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
 
Costume Design by
Brymer (gowns by)
 
Makeup Department
Otto Lederer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Jack P. Pierce .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Frank .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sergei Petschnikoff .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gilbert Kurland .... sound supervisor
Charles Carroll .... sound recordist (uncredited)
William Hedgcock .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Raymond Lindsay .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special cinematographer
Jack Cosgrove .... matte artist (uncredited)
David S. Horsley .... effects assistant (uncredited)
Russell Lawson .... matte artist (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Maurice Pivar .... editorial supervisor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... conductor (uncredited)
W. Franke Harling .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Clifford Vaughan .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Franz Waxman .... musical director (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Carl Laemmle .... presents
Carl Laemmle .... president: Universal Productions, Inc.
Alfred Stern .... production assistant
Ted Behr .... technical advisor (uncredited)
June Blumenthal .... secretary to director (uncredited)
Camille Collins .... production secretary (uncredited)
Myrtle Gibsone .... script clerk (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
80 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Noiseless Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
USA:Approved (PCA #1746) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
The church in which Frank Lawton and Frances Drake get married, though called the "Church of the Six Saints" in the film, is actually the set of Notre-Dame Cathedral recycled from the 1923 Universal production "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame," starring Lon Chaney, Sr.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The opening view of the Carpathian castle shows a starry sky. Stars are again seen through the telescope opening in the observatory roof. But there is highly inclement weather in other parts of the opening scenes. Diana and Mother Rukh are witness to much lightning and thunder. Plus, there is fog and howling winds when the car arrives with Dr. Benet and company.See more »
Quotes:
Ronald Drake:He shan't reach out of the grave and ruin our lives!See more »
Soundtrack:
The Wedding MarchSee more »

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Delightfully Silly and Naive Sci-Fi, 20 November 2007
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The scientist Janos Rukh (Boris Karloff) has been expelled from the scientific community due to the lack of credibility in his researches. Living isolated in a castle with his blind mother (Violet Kemble Cooper) and his wife Diane (Frances Drake), he makes a private presentation of the recently discovered invisible ray to his colleague Dr. Felix Benet (Bela Lugosi), and succeeds in being sponsored by Sir Francis Stevens (Walter Kingsford) and his wife Lady Arabella Stevens (Beulah Bondi) in an expedition to Nigeria, where he believe he could find a meteor with Radium X. Once in Africa, Janos leaves the expedition alone and finds the meteor, but is exposed to its radiation, acquiring a deadly touch that immediately kills anyone who is touched by him. Meanwhile, Diane falls in love for the son of Lady Arabella, Ronald Drake (Frank Lawton). Dr. Benet finds an antidote to control the effects of the radiation in Janos to be daily injected, but advises that the side effect could bring madness to him. Dr. Benet returns to Paris and steals the findings of Janos, exposing and using Janos's researches to the scientific community, while the deranged Janos seeks revenge against those that have betrayed him.

"The Invisible Ray" is a delightfully silly and naive sci-fi visibly inspired in H.G. Well's "The Invisible Man" of 1933. This minor film is a great opportunity to see Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi acting together. The story is entertaining but with questionable ethical and moral behaviors of the lead characters. Dr. Felix Benet steals the research of his colleague that needed to recover the esteem together with the scientific community for self-profit and self- promotion. Diane Rukh has an affair with Ronald Drake in the absence of her husband in Africa. Mother Rukh breaks the only chance of survival of her only son that loved her and recovered and healed her vision. And Janos Rukh does not tell his wife that is sick and kills innocent people to reach his personal vendetta. In the end, all the characters are unpleasant. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "O Raio Invisível" ("The Invisible Ray")

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