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The Amazing Transparent Man (1960)

 -  Sci-Fi  -  July 1960 (USA)
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A crazed scientist invents an invisibility formula. He plans to use the formula to create an army of invisible zombies.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marguerite Chapman ...
Laura Matson
Douglas Kennedy ...
Joey Faust
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Maj. Paul Krenner
Ivan Triesault ...
Dr. Peter Ulof
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ...
Julian (as Red Morgan)
Cormel Daniel ...
Maria Ulof
Edward Erwin ...
Drake
Jonathan Ledford ...
Smith
Norman Smith ...
Security Guard
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Security Guard
Kevin Kelly ...
Woman
Denis Adams ...
State Policeman (as Dennis Adams)
Stacy Morgan ...
State Policeman
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Paul Krenner, an ex-major with delusions of grandeur, has forced scientist Peter Ulof to develop a radiation-based technique to turn men invisible, with which process he plans to create an invisible army to sell to the highest bidder. He busts safecracker Joey Faust out of prison and forces him to undergo the invisibility treatment so he can steal more radium to further the experimentation. Plans go awry when Faust discovers there is a side-effect to the invisibility treatments he didn't count on. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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WARNING! Joey Faust, escaped convict, THE AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN, has vowed to "appear" invisibly IN PERSON at every performance of this picture! See more »

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July 1960 (USA)  »

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$100,000 (estimated)
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This was shot back-to-back with Beyond the Time Barrier (1960). The combined shooting schedule was only two weeks. They became Edgar G. Ulmer's last American films. See more »

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When Drake uses binoculars to view what is left of ground zero for the lab explosion, the perspective of what he is seeing through the binoculars changes four times (one of the views is from ground up at a man in a fallout suit), all of which are technically impossible from his vantage point. See more »

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[last lines]
Dr. Peter Ulof: It's a serious problem. What would you do?
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Makes for great late-night viewing with your buddies.
5 February 2003 | by (The Mitten State, USA) – See all my reviews

Before viewing this 1960 drive-in hit, keep in mind that it is not really a serious attempt at science fiction. Many critics and viewers have panned this movie because they expected some sort of INVISIBLE MAN-style plot with good acting and plenty of special effects. But if it was high-quality cinema they were looking for, then why in the hell did they choose to watch a movie with a title like "THE AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN"?

Viewers with no expectations, a good sense of humor, and an open mind will probably enjoy this bizarre little sci-fi romp. The whole mad scientist/escaped prisoner/invisible Nazi story is beyond befuddling, but it is so unbelievably far-fetched that you'll be entertained anyway.

THE AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN does a nice job at not dawdling on boring fake science jargon (a shortcoming that most sci-fi yarns of this era suffer from) and somehow manages to dole out one outrageous scene after another during its unusually short running time. Within the course of 58 minutes, you will witness invisible fist fights, invisible robberies, atomic blasts, jailbreaks, in-your-face anti-nuclear-weaponry overtones, and a whole barrage of people stealing from and/or deceiving one another. Every single character either betrays or holds one another hostage at some point during the picture.

If you're in the mood for something that is so goofy and so off-the-wall that it defies description, then I suggest you run out the VHS cut-out bin nearest you and pick up this movie. Trust me, you'll be glad you did.


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