"Big Dan" McCormick is the sole survivor of a bus crash into hydro lines. 5 others were electrocuted. Intrigued by Dan's apparent immunity to electricity, Dr. John Lawrence, distinguished elector-biologist, asks Dan to visit him at his laboratory, where Lawrence's assistant, Dr. Paul Rigas, is secretly conducting experiments to prove his theory that human life can be motivated and controlled by electricity. Rigas persuades Dan to submit to tests, where Dan absorbs increasingly powerful charges until he develops an amazing degree of immunity, and becomes a walking hulk of electricity. Rigas does a final test of pouring a tremendous charge into Dan's body, and Dan becomes superhuman and his body glows. He is also a robot that is controlled by Rigas. When Lawrence tries to stop the experiment, Rigas orders Dan to kill him. Rigas removes the electricity from Dan's body and he becomes a shrunken shell. Despite the efforts of June Meredith, Lawrence's niece, and newspaper reporter Mark ... Written by
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Lon Chaney Jr. plays Dan McCormack, an amiable carnival worker who can withstand electrical shocks. When the bus he's on crashes into a power line, killing the other passengers, Dan becomes front page news as the sole survivor. Dr. John Lawrence(played by Samuel Hinds) offers Dan a job in order so that he can be studied to see why he is immune. Dan starts to fall for the doctor's niece June(played by Anne Nagel) but reporter Mark Adams, who covered Dan's story, has also. Sadly. Dr. Rigas(played by Lionel Atwill), who is also there studying Dan, has evil designs on exploiting Dan to reap power, but when Dr. Lawrence gets wind of this, he orders Dan(who is now being controlled through electric charge) to kill him, causing Dan to be tried, convicted, and executed for his murder, but putting him in the electric chair only makes things worse...
Interesting yarn is far-fetched but engaging, with good performances and an effective sense of tragedy surrounding poor Dan, especially at the end with the dog.
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