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The Amazing Transparent Man (1960)

Approved  |   |  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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$100,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

MCP gave the film an abbreviated release before it was picked up by AIP in 1960. 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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Joey Faust: [Confronted unexpectedly by Ulof trying to open a mysterious locked door in the lab] Take it easy, Doc! I just came up to see yuh. Thought they had you locked up in here.
Dr. Peter Ulof: Not I... only what's left of my soul.
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Depends on your interpretation of "amazing"
31 May 2006 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Amazingly…short, maybe? With a running time of barely 55 minutes, this looks more like a random episode of "The Twilight Zone" rather than like a full Sci-Fi picture. Or amazingly wasted potential, perhaps? Naturally, the shortness of this movie also inflicts abrupt plot twists, insufficient character drawings and a forced climax. But probably, it just stands for amazingly good entertainment despite a truckload of shortcomings! With a man like Edgar G. Ulmer ("The Black Cat", "Bluebeard") sitting in the director's chair, it's at least certain that the movie you're about to see will be stylish and containing a handful of well-mounted suspense sequences. The basic premise has a mass of great ideas (that all begged for a more detailed elaboration, actually) and the fluently written dialogues allow all the players to give away stellar performances. Douglas Kennedy stars as a charismatic and eloquent safe-cracker with a very cool name (Joey Faust), running from prison with the help of a vicious ex-military officer who developed a bizarre plan to gain world power! Faust has to serve as a human guinea pig and, whist invisible through radiation, steal more uranium to investigate the possibilities of creating invisible armies. Don't you just LOVE these insane evil masterminds and their grotesque ideas? The wayward criminal he is, Faust doesn't simply follow these orders blindly. The special effects are weak and there's a lack of set pieces, yet it's a fun movie with a good pace. James Griffith portrays my favorite type of underdog-villain; distinguished and calm, but relentless and greedy when it comes to the crunch. Considering this is late 50's/early 60's Science Fiction, the movie ends with a mandatory philosophical debate. Warmly recommended, after all.


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