The Amazing Transparent Man

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The Amazing Transparent Man
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Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer
Produced by Lester D. Guthrie
Robert L. Madden
John Miller
Written by Jack Lewis
Starring Marguerite Chapman
Douglas Kennedy
James Griffith
Ivan Triesault
Music by Darrell Calker
Cinematography Meredith M. Nicholson
Edited by Jack Ruggiero
Production
  company
MCP Pictures
Distributed by MCP Pictures (July 1960)
American International Pictures (1961)
Troma Entertainment
Release date(s) July 1960
Running time 57 min
Country United States
Language English

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.[1] 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).[2] 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..."

Plot[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

Actor Role
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
Edward Erwin Drake
Jonathan Ledford Smith
Norman Smith Security guard
Patrick Cranshaw Security guard
Kevin Kelly Woman
Dennis Adams State Police officer
Stacy Morgan State Police officer
Lon Chaney, Jr. The Butcher

Production[edit]

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.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ Weaver, Tom (2002). Science fiction confidential: interviews with 23 monster stars and film makers. McFarland. p. 300. ISBN 0-7864-1175-9. 
  3. ^ Gary A. Smith, The American International Pictures Video Guide, McFarland 2009 p 11

Bibliography[edit]

  • Wingrove, David. Science Fiction Film Source Book (Longman Group Limited, 1985)

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