The Amazing Transparent Man (1960)

57 or 60 mins | Science fiction | February 1960

Director:

Edgar G. Ulmer

Writer:

Jack Lewis

Producer:

Lester Guthrie

Cinematographer:

Meredith M. Nicholson

Editor:

Jack Ruggiero

Production Designer:

Ernst Fegté

Production Company:

Miller Consolidated Pictures
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was The Invisible Intruder . The viewed print listed The Amazing Transparent Man as "an Exclusive Roadshow Attraction," which may have been the name of a later distributor. The film ends with Ivan Triesault, as "Dr. Peter Ulof," facing the camera and asking the audience, "What would you do?" Although the film's credits include a 1960 copyright statement for Miller Consolidated Pictures, it was not registered for copyright at the time of its release. However, according to copyright records, a videocassette of the film was registered by Miller Consolidated Pictures on 11 Jul 1986 under the number PA-307-928.
       The Amazing Transparent Man , which was filmed back-to-back in Dallas, TX with another Edgar G. Ulmer film, Beyond the Time Barrier (see below), was originally released by its producers, according to a 7 Dec 1959 HR news item. The item also noted that at that time, the film had been "booked in more than 100 theatres in the Pacific Northwest. According to modern sources, upon the bankruptcy of MCP Film Distributing Co., the film was picked up by American International. The picture marked the final feature film appearance of actress Marguerite Chapman (1918--1999). The Amazing Transparent Man was featured on the television series Mystery Science Theater 3000 in Mar ... More Less

The working title of this film was The Invisible Intruder . The viewed print listed The Amazing Transparent Man as "an Exclusive Roadshow Attraction," which may have been the name of a later distributor. The film ends with Ivan Triesault, as "Dr. Peter Ulof," facing the camera and asking the audience, "What would you do?" Although the film's credits include a 1960 copyright statement for Miller Consolidated Pictures, it was not registered for copyright at the time of its release. However, according to copyright records, a videocassette of the film was registered by Miller Consolidated Pictures on 11 Jul 1986 under the number PA-307-928.
       The Amazing Transparent Man , which was filmed back-to-back in Dallas, TX with another Edgar G. Ulmer film, Beyond the Time Barrier (see below), was originally released by its producers, according to a 7 Dec 1959 HR news item. The item also noted that at that time, the film had been "booked in more than 100 theatres in the Pacific Northwest. According to modern sources, upon the bankruptcy of MCP Film Distributing Co., the film was picked up by American International. The picture marked the final feature film appearance of actress Marguerite Chapman (1918--1999). The Amazing Transparent Man was featured on the television series Mystery Science Theater 3000 in Mar 1995. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
3 Jul 1959.
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Filmfacts
1960
p. 355.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Dec 1959
p. 2.
Los Angeles Times
27 Feb 1960.
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New York Times
30 Mar 1961
p. 24.
The Exhibitor
14 Sep 1960
p. 4749.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
An Exclusive Roadshow Attraction
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Head elec
Head grip
ART DIRECTOR
Prod des
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dresser
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus comp and cond
Mus ed
SOUND
Sd mixer
Sd ed
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Invisible Intruder
Release Date:
February 1960
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 24 February 1960
Production Date:
began 25 April 1959 at United National Studios, Dallas, TX
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex Recording System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
57 or 60
Length(in feet):
5,165
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Ex-army major Paul Krenner, assisted by his girl friend, Laura Matson, engineers the prison break of safecracker Joey Faust. After Laura brings Joey to an isolated, old ranch house, Krenner explains to Joey that he wants him to steal nuclear fission materials from a government facility for an experiment he is conducting. Krenner threatens to kill Joey if he refuses to cooperate, then takes him to a laboratory within the house. There, nuclear scientist Dr. Peter Ulof demonstrates a ray machine that renders a guinea pig transparent then returns it, unharmed, to visibility. Krenner explains that he plans to use the ray to make Joey invisible to the facility guards. Later, Joey discovers that the lab contains a lead-lined safe in which the highly volatile fission materials are stored to protect them from exposure to the rays, which would cause a nuclear explosion. That night, Ulof, a European refugee, tells Joey that during World War II he was forced to perform experiments on hooded patients, one of whom he discovered was his wife. After the war, Ulof fled Europe with his baby daughter Maria and became involved with Krenner, who is coercing him to participate in the experiment by holding Maria hostage and threatening to kill her. When Joey tries to free Maria, he is stopped at gunpoint by Laura. Later, Joey suggests to Laura that she join him in a bank robbery, utilizing the ray’s transparency inducing abilities, but she declines. After Ulof succeeds in making Joey transparent, Joey demands $25,000 to open the government's nuclear vault. Krenner is forced to agree to his terms, and after bewildering the facility’s guards with his invisibility, Joey removes the nuclear ... +


Ex-army major Paul Krenner, assisted by his girl friend, Laura Matson, engineers the prison break of safecracker Joey Faust. After Laura brings Joey to an isolated, old ranch house, Krenner explains to Joey that he wants him to steal nuclear fission materials from a government facility for an experiment he is conducting. Krenner threatens to kill Joey if he refuses to cooperate, then takes him to a laboratory within the house. There, nuclear scientist Dr. Peter Ulof demonstrates a ray machine that renders a guinea pig transparent then returns it, unharmed, to visibility. Krenner explains that he plans to use the ray to make Joey invisible to the facility guards. Later, Joey discovers that the lab contains a lead-lined safe in which the highly volatile fission materials are stored to protect them from exposure to the rays, which would cause a nuclear explosion. That night, Ulof, a European refugee, tells Joey that during World War II he was forced to perform experiments on hooded patients, one of whom he discovered was his wife. After the war, Ulof fled Europe with his baby daughter Maria and became involved with Krenner, who is coercing him to participate in the experiment by holding Maria hostage and threatening to kill her. When Joey tries to free Maria, he is stopped at gunpoint by Laura. Later, Joey suggests to Laura that she join him in a bank robbery, utilizing the ray’s transparency inducing abilities, but she declines. After Ulof succeeds in making Joey transparent, Joey demands $25,000 to open the government's nuclear vault. Krenner is forced to agree to his terms, and after bewildering the facility’s guards with his invisibility, Joey removes the nuclear material from the vault and delivers it to Krenner. Later, Ulof informs Krenner that the guinea pig has died as a result of overexposure to radiation, leading him to believe that Joey will also die. Nevertheless, Krenner orders Ulof to continue working on Joey and articulates his goal of rendering entire armies invisible. When Krenner has Laura drive the once more invisible Joey back to the facility, Joey tells her that he intends to rob a bank instead. Joey enters the vault area of a bank and takes a sack of cash but, before he can leave, his invisibility begins to wear off and parts of him suddenly become visible. Although Joey escapes, he has been recognized and, as they return to the house, they hear a news broadcast over the car radio reporting that the police are looking for him. While considering how best to take refuge, Joey suddenly becomes invisible again. He enters the house, where he finds Krenner preparing to flee. After freeing Maria, Joey locks Krenner in her room, then, becoming visible once more, begs Ulof to return him to normalcy. Ulof agrees on the condition that he and his daughter be allowed to leave immediately. Meanwhile, Julian, Krenner’s guard and henchman, has captured Laura and now prevents Joey, Ulof and Maria from leaving. Laura then informs Julian that Krenner had bought his loyalty by promising to help free Julian's son, who is imprisoned in Europe. When Laura tells Julian that in truth his son is dead, Julian surrenders his rifle. Leaving Laura in the house, Joey and the others head outside where Ulof reveals that Joey has radiation poisoning and will live for only another month or so. After Ulof persuades Joey to destroy Krenner and his insane plan, Joey reenters the house while the others drive off to summon the police, Krenner escapes from the locked room and kills Laura. Armed with Julian’s rifle, Joey chases Krenner into the lab, where Krenner breaks a bottle of acid on Joey’s arm and points the ray machine at him. As they struggle for possession of the nuclear material, the proximity of the material to the ray causes a massive explosion, killing them both. Later, as authorities deal with the fallout from the explosion, Ulof confides to a federal agent that the government’s intelligence agency has discussed with him the possibilities of making agents and armies invisible. Ulof, however, fears that the invention could be stolen and used against them and believes it would be better that the secret formula die with Krenner and the self-sacrificing Joey. +

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