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The Amazing Transparent Man (1960)

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


Edgar G. Ulmer


Jack Lewis (original screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Marguerite Chapman ... Laura Matson
Douglas Kennedy ... Joey Faust
James Griffith ... Maj. Paul Krenner
Ivan Triesault ... Dr. Peter Ulof
Boyd 'Red' Morgan Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... Julian (as Red Morgan)
Cormel Daniel Cormel Daniel ... Maria Ulof
Ed Erwin Ed Erwin ... Drake (as Edward Erwin)
Jonathan Ledford Jonathan Ledford ... Smith
Norman Smith Norman Smith ... Security Guard
Patrick Cranshaw ... Security Guard
Kevin Kelly Kevin Kelly ... Woman
Denis Adams Denis Adams ... State Policeman (as Dennis Adams)
Stacy Morgan Stacy Morgan ... State Policeman


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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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 »


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 »


Laura Matson: I know what I've been, Joey, but I can change all that. What are you doing?
Joey Faust: Giving you your split. You're on your own, Baby!
Laura Matson: But you... you said we would be together!
Joey Faust: Honey, right now I need a car more than I need you. You can start walking anytime.
Laura Matson: But you can't just go off and leave me... Joey?
Joey Faust: Goodbye, Laura!
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Opening credits are shown on a gray prison wall. See more »

Alternate Versions

There have been three prints of this film:
  • The original negative print by Miller Consolidated Pictures (MCP). The film opens with the MCP company logo, and retains the pre-credits prologue. The film does not have any end titles; it ends with Dr. Peter Ulof (Ivan Triesault) facing the camera, asking "What would you do?" And the film simply fades to black. This version is available on DVD by MGM Home Entertainment (with the MGM "Lion" logo added at the beginning and after the end).
  • The theatrical release print by American International Pictures (AIP). The AIP logo (with ominous fanfare) replaces the MCP logo at the beginning, and is also added at the end (right after Dr. Ulof's "What would you do?" speech after fadeout). This is the version used on the movie-mocking TV series, "Mystery Science Theater 3000."
  • A public domain print, possibly used for syndicated/local TV. The MCP logo and the film's prologue are omitted, and begins at the film's title. A "The End" title card (plain font placed within a four-square gray/screentone background) was tacked on (complete with a relieved, low-tone piano cue), fading in after Dr. Ulof's "What would you do?" speech, and fading out.
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Now You See Me, Now You Don't
4 November 2003 | by Bucs1960See all my reviews

Another early black and white sci-fi film with some promise........at least in the beginning. Mad dictator "wanna be" springs bank robber from prison to use him in his plan for taking over the world with an invisible army. Sound outrageous? You bet! The sets are cheesy, the story is pretty stupid, the actors either overact or can't act at all, the ending is over the top.......these are all part of the elements that make low budget films fun to watch. Besides, it was directed by Edgar Ulmer, who did some fascinating work. But for some reason, this one is disagreeable.

There are holes in the plot as big as Rhode Island and there is something very sleazy about all the actors, even though a couple of them are mainstays of "B" films, and in the case of Ivan Treisault, "A" list big productions ("Notorious", for example.)And there is that constant bickering........it seems that 75% of the dialogue is shouted. The special effects......well, I've seen worse, much worse, even though you can see the wires. We've seen wires in films before. So what is it that makes this little programmer unpleasant? It just doesn't seem to gel but I don't know why. Maybe it was that Wurlitzer organ in the middle of the living room! So catch it on MST3K with Mike and the 'bots.....without them, it is pretty damn dismal.

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Release Date:

July 1960 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$100,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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