Edited-down serial which, science fiction disbelief aside, remains pretty lame by any reasonable standard, another in a long line of inept vehicles wasting the great Bela Lugosi's acting talent. Here he plays a demented scientist who, after inhaling a rare meteor gas, develops (among other things) a power source which can cure the world of its ills, or, destroy it depending on his mood. When his wife is killed in a plane crash, he elects to use his prowess to destroy those who sought to contain him, but is seemingly cornered at every turn by relentless G-men (Kent and Toomey).
Lugosi isn't as hammy as he's been known to get, more-so his endless array of inventions (giant headed robot, invisibility, magic potions, ray guns etc etc) becomes tired and clichéd very quickly. The cast has depth with Toomey and Van Sloan in particular, while vivacious blonde Dorothy Arnold has some sizable screen-time as a tenacious reporter.
The picture is frenetic, racing from one catastrophe to the next with much repetition and little in the way of sophistication. The climax seems hackneyed and unimaginative, with spy rings and stock footage of burning blimps and battleships apparently substituting for any coherent or realistic attempt at a conclusion. Even at eighty minutes (the original serial is listed as more than four hours), it's overlong and underwhelming.
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