The Amazing Transparent Man
|The Amazing Transparent Man|
|Directed by||Edgar G. Ulmer|
|Produced by||Lester D. Guthrie
Robert L. Madden
|Written by||Jack Lewis|
|Music by||Darrell Calker|
|Cinematography||Meredith M. Nicholson|
|Edited by||Jack Ruggiero|
|Distributed by||MCP Pictures (July 1960)
American International Pictures (1961)
|Release date(s)||July 1960|
|Running time||57 min|
The Amazing Transparent Man is a 1960 science fiction film starring Marguerite Chapman. It is an American B-movie which follows the story of an insane ex-U. S. Army major who uses an escaped criminal to steal materials to improve the invisibility machine his scientist prisoner made. It was one of two sci-fi films shot back-to-back in Dallas, Texas by director Edgar G. Ulmer (the other being Beyond the Time Barrier, also released in that same year). The combined filming schedule for both films was only two weeks. The film was later featured in an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
The film has received very poor reviews and suffered in popularity as a result of its low budget. Leading science fiction author David Wingrove commented in his Science Fiction Source Book that "Its cheap-budget origins show throughout. Amazing claims too much for what is essentially a thriller involving an escaped criminal..."
Former U. S. Army major, Paul Krenner (James Griffith), plans to conquer the world with an army of invisible soldiers and will do anything to achieve that goal. With the help of his hired muscle, Julian (Red Morgan), Krenner forces Dr. Peter Ulof (Ivan Trisault) to perfect the invisibility machine Ulof invented. He keeps Ulof’s daughter, Maria (Carmel Daniel) imprisoned to keep Ulof in line.
The nuclear materials Ulof needs to better his invisibility machine are extremely rare and kept under guard in government facilities. Krenner arranges the prison break of notorious safecracker, Joey Faust (Douglas Kennedy), to steal the materials he needs. Of course Faust will do the jobs while invisible. Krenner offers Faust money for the jobs and Faust expresses his grievances against working for him. Faust tells him that he’ll sing like a canary if he’s returned to prison. Krenner tells Faust that he’s wanted alive or dead. Faust reluctantly complies. However, when he meets Faust’s woman, Laura Matson (Marguerite Chapman), he slowly charms her into a double cross.
Faust continues attempting to escape and tries to get one over on Krenner. It looks like he may have the edge on Krenner when Faust attacks Krenner while invisible. However, Dr. Ulof’s guinea pig dies and, during the second time he’s invisible, Faust uncontrollably reverts from invisible to visible and back again. Despite these drawbacks Faust forges ahead intent on breaking free from Krenner’s control.
|Marguerite Chapman||Laura Matson|
|Douglas Kennedy||Joey Faust|
|James Griffith||Maj. Paul Krenner|
|Ivan Triesault||Dr. Peter Ulof|
|Boyd 'Red' Morgan||Julian|
|Carmel Daniel||Maria Ulof|
|Norman Smith||Security guard|
|Patrick Cranshaw||Security guard|
|Dennis Adams||State Police officer|
|Stacy Morgan||State Police officer|
|Lon Chaney, Jr.||The Butcher|
The film was made by Miller Consolidated Pictures who gave it a brief release in 1960. It was then picked up by AIP and released the following year.
- Booker, M. Keith (2001). Monsters, mushroom clouds, and the Cold War: American science fiction and the roots of postmodernism, 1946-1964. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 154–156. ISBN 0-313-31873-5.
- Weaver, Tom (2002). Science fiction confidential: interviews with 23 monster stars and film makers. McFarland. p. 300. ISBN 0-7864-1175-9.
- Gary A. Smith, The American International Pictures Video Guide, McFarland 2009 p 11
- Wingrove, David. Science Fiction Film Source Book (Longman Group Limited, 1985)
- The Amazing Transparent Man at the Internet Movie Database
- The Amazing Transparent Man is available for free download at the Internet Archive [more]
- Online Trailer at Internet Archive
- The Amazing Transparent Man at Google Videos (Adobe Flash video)