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A doctor uses special eye drops to give himself x-ray vision, but the new power has disastrous consequences.



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Complete credited cast:
Diana Van der Vlis ...
Dr. Diane Fairfax (as Diana van der Vlis)
Dr. Sam Brant
Dr. Willard Benson


Dr. James Xavier is a world renowned scientist experimenting with human eyesight. He devises a drug, that when applied to the eyes, enables the user to see beyond the normal realm of our sight (ultraviolet rays etc.) it also gives the user the power to see through objects. Xavier tests this drug on himself, when his funding is cut off. As he continues to test the drug on himself, Xavier begins to see, not only through walls and clothes, but through the very fabric of reality! Written by Brennan Storr

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Suddenly he could see through clothes, flesh... and walls!


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The Man with the X-Ray Eyes  »

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$250,000 (estimated)

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The skeletal building seen repeatedly from Dr. Xavier's point of view (in "Spectrarama")was the Department of Water & Power General Office Building in Downtown Los Angeles. Construction had begun around 1963 and completed in 1965. See more »


When in the party, Dr. Xavier sees everybody naked, through their clothes, curtains and table cloths are shown. If he can see through clothes, the table should be "naked". See more »


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[Looks up at the sky]
Dr. James Xavier: No!
Preacher: You see sin and the devil! But the lord has told us what to do about it. Said Matthew in Chapter Five, "If thine eye offends thee... pluck it out!"
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A Classic after More Than Fifty Years
5 January 2015 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The scientist Dr. James Xavier (Ray Milland) is researching an eye drops that increases the power of the vision. Dr. Xavier decides to test the drug on him and finds that his experiment gives X-Ray vision. However his research fund is cut off, despite the efforts of his friends Dr. Diane Fairfax (Diana Van der Vlis) and Dr. Sam Brant (Harold J. Stone) to explain its importance to the investors. Dr. Xavier proceeds testing the drug on himself and realizes the wrong diagnostic of a teenager that will be submitted to a heart surgery. Dr. Xavier does not allow the surgeon Dr. Willard Benson (John Hoyt) to carry out the surgery and is accused of malpractice. When Dr. Sam Brant tries to stop Dr. Xavier of using his eye drops again, he reacts and accidentally kills his friend.

Dr. Xavier flees from the police and works blindfolded in a carnival "guessing" written information. However he is recognized and soon he invites Diane to travel abroad with him. But he decides to go to Las Vegas first to raise money in a casino, with tragic consequences.

"X – The Man with the X-Ray Eyes" can be considered a classic after more than fifty years. This movie is one of the best works of Roger Corman. Ray Milland has excellent performance and the conclusion is creepy. There were rumors about an alternate ending where Xavier would scream "I can still see" but Roger Corman tells that it was a creation by Stephen King. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Homem dos Olhos de Raio-X" ("The Man with the X-Ray Eyes")

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