1958's Mexican "El Hombre que Logro ser Invisible" eventually made the rounds of American TV screens under the title "The New Invisible Man." Sadly, there's precious little that's new, the most frequently used basic plot, that of an innocent man becoming transparent in order to prove his innocence, perfected by the very first sequel to James Whale's 1933 original, 1940's "The Invisible Man Returns" (Vincent Price in the title role). Done very cheaply in black and white, this version coincides with Edgar G. Ulmer's "The Amazing Transparent Man" (from 1959), Japanese variations (1954's "Tomei Ningen" and 1960's "The Human Vapor"), also a British half hour teleseries that was syndicated in the US. Rarely screened the last 30 years but easily available on a DVD double bill with 1961's "Spiritism" ("Espiritismo"), "The New Invisible Man" made three appearances on Pittsburgh's Chiller Theater- Dec 22 1973 (following 1944's "Weird Woman"), Oct 25 1975 (following 1935's "Bride of Frankenstein"), and Apr 29 1978 (following 1953's "The Maze").
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