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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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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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The Curse of Radium X! 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:
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:
Ronald Drake:Diana, my dear, there are no such things as curses!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in You'll Find Out (1940)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)See more »

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22 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
The Curse of Radium X!, 17 August 2002
Author: cdauten from Kansas City, MO

THE INVISIBLE RAY (1936) Starring Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Frances Drake, Frank Lawton, Walter Kingsford Directed by Lambert Hillyer

Universal's third pairing of Lugosi and Karloff strays in to the realm of science fiction while retaining many of the elements of horror for which the studio was famous.

Janos Rukh (Karloff) is a brilliant, workaholic scientist who lives with his beautiful wife (Drake) and mother in a sprawling gothic castle/laboratory/observatory in the storm-swept Carpathian Mountains (where else?).

Sir Francis Stevens (Kingsford) and wife, accompanied by the skeptical Dr. Felix Benet (Lugosi), arrive to see Rukh's latest discovery. By following a ray of light that left the Andromeda galaxy millions of years ago back to its source, he can see back in time. What he is able to show them is a giant meteor striking the surface of the Earth, on the African continent "thousands of millions" of years ago. With this proof that such a catastrophe occurred, he is able to embark on an expedition to Africa. The meteor is found and Rukh is able to harness a strange power that emanates from it...Radium X. Unfortunately, this mysterious element also causes Rukh to glow in the dark. And, as if that weren't bad enough, everyone who touches him dies. Dr. Benet comes up with a counteractive which will not cure Rukh, but will at least make him tolerable to have around. As with all such things, there is a price...Benet cannot promise what effects the counteractive will have on Rukh's mind.

For a film released in 1936, THE INVISIBLE RAY has some pretty good special effects. The image of the meteor sailing toward the Earth is impressive, though the actual impact is less than spectacular. The scene where Rukh launches his invisible ray at a rock formation and reduces it to nothing is also good, even by today's standards. The scenes at Rukh's home are what give THE INVISIBLE RAY its creepy atmosphere. As in other Universal horror productions, the set is made of almost exclusively vertical elements, casting long shadows. The doorways are so tall the tops of them disappear somewhere beyond the top of the screen. A middle segment that takes place in Africa is less eerie, but it does provide a nice setting for us to first see Rukh's glowing face and hands.

THE INVISIBLE RAY is a fun movie to watch despite (or because of?) a few flaws, like the fact that all of the Paris newspapers seem to be printed in English. Not as fun is the film's racist depiction of the African porters. Even allowing for the attitude of the time in which the film was made, these scenes will still make most modern viewers cringe.

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