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      The Amazing Transparent Man

      Released Feb 24, 1960 58m Sci-Fi List
      33% Tomatometer 6 Reviews 16% Audience Score 100+ Ratings A crook (Douglas Kennedy) decides to rob a bank instead of working for the mad scientist who made him invisible. Read More Read Less Watch on Prime Video Stream Now

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      Matt Brunson Film Frenzy There's a reason this was savaged on Mystery Science Theater 3000. Rated: 1.5/4 Apr 16, 2022 Full Review Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid Even something this ridiculous has its inventive charms, not least of which are the wonderfully chintzy invisibility effects. Oct 18, 2008 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Aug 9, 2005 Full Review Michael E. Grost Classic Film and Television One of Ulmer's grimmest works, a heartfelt anti-war statement Jan 18, 2005 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews I found myself enjoying this cheapie... Rated: C+ Oct 7, 2002 Full Review Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) Even Ulmer can't help this one Rated: 2/5 Aug 7, 2002 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Dave S As a general rule of thumb, any movie whose title starts with ‘The Amazing…' is probably not going to be amazing, so don't fall for the title trickery. Case in point: The Amazing Transparent Man, the story of a mad scientist who, through his invisibility machine, plans to create an invisible army to take over the world. All goes smoothly until…well…it doesn't. Yes, the story is preposterous, but what really drags down the movie are the outstandingly bad production values. The only saving grace in this low-budget mess is the fact that it clocks in at just under an hour. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/04/24 Full Review Georgan G Another from the 50 Movie Pack Sci Fi Classics. Despite its many faults, this movie is campy & fun. The special effects are especially amateurish. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 11/25/23 Full Review Blobbo X Is B&W so won't keep you from falling asleep. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/20/23 Full Review stu b No frills--or thrills-sci-fi. When a hardened criminal busts out of prison--only to find himself being recruited to serve as a guinea pig in some hush-hush invisibility experiments--danger, double-crosses, and, of course, a bank heist or two soon follow...not to mention the ex-con's own misgivings (the experiments are slowly killing him) about allowing himself to be experimented on in the first place. Think: Claude Rains' "Invisible Man", only without the classy black-and-white photography, superior writing and acting, and impish sense of humor. Complete with a heavy-handed warning at the very end about the dangers of radioactivity. Its one saving grace: at a little under an hour, it's mercifully short. Not recommended. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/28/19 Full Review kevin w The threat? What evil advantage will an invisible person perpetuate? The problem (at least for director Edgar G. Ulmer)? How to portray that threat w/o any production money. Well, he can't. He intimates, but that's as far as he can go. The result is a so-so effort that never really goes anywhere. Oh, it threatens to go ... but it doesn't. Eh. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Again we have an...ahem...amazing movie title with a pretty sweet poster. It looks more like a children's adventure book cover, one of those 'choose your own ending' type books (remember those?). It also has a nice noir-esque/comicbook vibe about it, overall an attractive and imaginative design. So you could be mistaken for thinking this plot might be a tad similar to the classic 1933 film 'The Invisible Man'. Well you're not too far off but naturally this plot is somewhat different for copyright reasons obviously. Basically a former US army general (Krenner played by James Griffith) wants to take over the world with an army of invisible soldiers. He already has a machine that can make objects invisible (with the help of a stereotypical eastern European scientist type bloke, Dr. Ulof played by Ivan Triesault), but he needs further materials (nuclear) to perfect it. Said materials are rare and the only ones he knows of are under lock and key deep within government facilities. So his plan is to break out a brilliant safecracker (Joey Faust played by Douglas Kennedy) from jail, so he can steal the materials required whilst being invisible. Of course there's a bit more to this story. The invisibility doesn't hold out for long periods, its a bit shaky, hence the rare nuclear materials needed to perfect the machine. Also Faust doesn't really want to do the job for Krenner but Krenner blackmails him with threats of turning him over to the cops (even though he broke Faust out). There's also Krenner's dame (Marguerite Chapman) who Faust tries to charm into double crossing Krenner, and the fact that Krenner has Dr. Ulof's daughter locked up to keep him in line (although that specific plot device goes nowhere). So we are talking about an invisible man here, what are the special effects like? Well they're sparse that's for sure, this ain't no special effects bonanza. Much of the film surrounds the various characters planning stuff, we get very little invisibility action. What we do get are some floating items on wires that represent Faust carrying them, and a very brief sequence where Faust becomes visible and invisible again during a bank raid. This optical effect is corny as hell for sure but actually quite effective and decent looking considering this is such a schlocky feature. Although it does raise the simple problem that while Faust is invisible, the item he is carrying is not. So surely people would see this floating item and suspect something...as it floated out the door. We also see the moments when Faust is turned invisible whilst under the machine (invisibility ray), and the practice runs with a guinea pig which are again nicely done. The little sequence shows the guinea pig slowly losing full visibility one layer at a time, skin, then bone structure, then nothing...invisible. We also see some marvellous acting against nothing, such as fights with an invisible foe, the odd chat with a blank space and doors opening themselves. I think the main problem with this movie is the lack of action and the lame plot. For a start Krenner wants to conquer the world with an invisible army, but why? and how will he achieve this exactly? Faust could quite easily kill Krenner when he becomes invisible, he does threaten Krenner but for some reason doesn't kill him. Dr. Ulof seems pointless as he's only there to work the machine and dish out scientific exposition. Again Faust could of killed Krenner and used Ulof to assist him with his invisibility issues. Ulof would be happy to help seeing as he hates Krenner for kidnapping his daughter, I'm not really sure why everyone doesn't just bump Krenner off. Krenner's dame Laura also comes across as useless because she does nothing really, I'm not even sure what her character motivation was. She wants money and power clearly, hence she hangs around with Krenner, but she helps Faust go against Krenner so...how does that help her?? Krenner also has a bodyguard (or hired muscle) in the form of a cowboy fella called Red. Apparently Krenner has told Red that his son is imprisoned in Europe and only he can get him out. No idea what his son is supposed to have done, how Krenner knows his son or how Krenner could get him out, I presume another breakout. So Red obeys Krenner like a good little bitch. Of course Krenner is lying and when Red discovers this he does nothing, absolutely nothing, the character merely exits the movie and is never heard from again. No clue why this character was in the movie. Both Griffith and Kennedy really go for it in this movie that's for sure. Kennedy does actually put in a decent performance as the bad tempered criminal who's only looking out for himself. Griffith is suitably slimy as Krenner, in fact he has a face you just wanna slap. Kennedy was actually quite a big strapping chap in this movie where as Griffith is very slender, so its still odd that Faust never beats this guy to death because he probably could. I'm also pretty sure Griffith (in character) accidentally slaps Chapman across the face at one point in a moment of brutal 1960's misogyny. This is an odd movie in general. The plot is really patchy and never really goes anywhere with conviction. Most of the characters don't really seem to have a goal. Krenner seems to own this lovely huge house and just wants to take over the world because of reasons. Whilst Faust is just a grumpy bloke who seems ungrateful that Krenner bust him outta jail and doesn't know what to do with his life. The fact that the movie still manages to end with an atomic explosion is also hilarious frankly, its like every movie in this era had to include an atomic explosion (with no consequences) no matter what. To be honest its not totally unlikable, there is a charm to this pulpy nonsense, its just comes across as rushed and not well thought out. But with dialog like...[i]'you know what one of these bullets will do? Rip out your spine and roll it up like a ball of string'[/i], how can you not like to some degree? Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis A crook (Douglas Kennedy) decides to rob a bank instead of working for the mad scientist who made him invisible.
      Director
      Edgar G. Ulmer
      Producer
      Robert L. Madden, John Miller
      Screenwriter
      Jack Lewis
      Production Co
      Miller Consolidated Pictures (MCP)
      Genre
      Sci-Fi
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Feb 24, 1960, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Sep 1, 2016
      Runtime
      58m
      Sound Mix
      Mono
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