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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 »
Genre:
Tagline:
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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Awards:
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(2 articles)
Remembering Boris Karloff
 (From Den of Geek. 30 January 2013, 2:16 AM, PST)

Beware Take Care Bela Beware
 (From FilmExperience. 16 August 2010, 2:43 PM, PDT)

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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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Although Frank Reicher's character is correctly listed as "Professor Meiklejohn" in the opening credits, he is incorrectly listed as 'Professor Mendelssohn' in the end credits.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The story is frequently advanced by the old "newspaper headline" gimmick. About 45 minutes in, one newspaper tells of the "Benet expedition," but in the small print the name is misspelled as "Bennet."See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Felix Benet:There are only two people he wants to destroy: two... or
[looming over Ronald Drake]
Dr. Felix Benet:, perhaps three.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Lugosi: The Forgotten King (1985) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)See more »

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25 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
"If your men fail to capture him at the gate...", 9 April 2005
Author: the_mysteriousx

Karloff and Lugosi - Together again! This is one of those films that casual fans will pass over and tend not to appreciate as much. It's not an all-out horror film like the duo's previous two hits, The Black Cat and The Raven. But, it is very worthy of both's talents and is a fun film when re-visited.

The Invisible Ray was directed by Lambert Hillyer, a director who mainly made westerns, but curiously in these final days of the Laemmles' reign at Universal, he found himself helming this and the Laemmles' final horror film, Dracula's Daughter. Both are crisp, clean-cut fantasies that are very light on horror content despite the fantastic elements.

Just as Lugosi went wild in The Raven, much needs to be said of Karloff's hamming in The Invisible Ray. The one aspect of the story that is particularly unsatisfying is that Karloff's character, Rukh, acts so madly before he is poisoned by Radium X, that there really isn't much of a change once he starts glowing. This is very similar to the complaint people have about Jack Nicholson in The Shining - He's basically a loony right from the start. There isn't any real transformation. Same here. Halfway through Karloff simply has an added purpose for revenge in his mind. I still enjoyed his performance, though, just as I did Lugosi's over-the-top antics in The Raven.

Meanwhile, Lugosi completely surprises you and gives a restrained, and thoughtful turn as Rukh's rival in science, Dr. Benet. Lugosi also has some of the best lines in the film, including a memorable warning to the police trying to catch Rukh, of which I am in alignment with horror film writer John Soister on - "And if he (Rukh) touches anyone?" the inspector inquires. Lugosi hesitatingly replies, in a way that only Lugosi could deliver, "They die". Just as Lugosi could be so off, he could also be more perfect than any actor. This is one of those moments.

Therefore, Karloff and Lugosi's interactions are all very good as we get the mad antics of Karloff pared off against the cool logic of Lugosi. Karloff would go on to play similar mad scientists many times, however, one wishes Lugosi would have gotten to play more straight roles like this one. He only had one more chance (Ninotchka).

The Invisible Ray is a fun film, and a real treat to the true Karloff and Lugosi fans. It is one of those films that improves on each viewing, not because it is a masterpiece, but because of the charisma and talent of its' stars and how this story complements the darker, more horrific pairings they had. The special effects, by the always innovative John Fulton, are terrific and the supporting actors are all adequate. Frances Drake looks as beautiful as she did in Mad Love and plays a strong woman, something seldom seen in classic horror films. The scene in the end when Karloff stalks her and she doesn't scream is one of the most haunting moments of the film. A terrific, fun film!

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