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The Amazing Transparent Man


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  • Actors: Douglas Kennedy, James Griffith
  • Directors: Edgar G Ulmer
  • Writers: Jack Lewis
  • Producers: John Miller, Robert L Madden
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Synergy Ent
  • DVD Release Date: April 3, 2008
  • Run Time: 57 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00176SGWU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #769,861 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Amazing Transparent Man" on IMDb

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My favorite part was the mouse trapped to a machine and then it disappears.
B. E Jackson
The special effects are generally well done, but there are moments in the plot where I rolled my eyes, especially because of the science, or lack thereof.
Lonnie E. Holder
The Major intends to add the safecracking talents of Faust and the invention of Ulof to accomplish his evil plan.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Patrick W. Crabtree TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 31, 2008
Format: DVD
This 1960 black-and-white film is sort of a The Invisible Man rip-off, but I'm okay on that criticism in that the two stories aren't all that similar. "The Invisible Man" is clearly the superior film of the pair but this one still has its good points.

The tale here is that an infamous safe-cracker ("Joey Faust," played by Douglas Kennedy) is sprung from prison to become the minion of a criminal mastermind ("Major Paul Krenner," played by James Griffith) who has established an atomic laboratory in a large farmhouse located out in the boondocks. Why does he need an atomic lab? To produce an army of invisible zombies which he plans to sell to the Army!

The lab's venerable old scientist is "Dr. Peter Ulof" (Ivan Triesault), a man working under duress because Krenner holds his young daughter hostage in the lab's closet. Krenner has two other shills, neither of which are all that loyal to him: "Laura Matson" (Marguerite Chapman) and "Julian" (Boyd 'Red' Morgan, who plays the farm watchman, armed with a Winchester .30-30). No one else, including the main cop, is all that significant in the film.

After Faust initially reaches the farm, driven there by Laura in a very cool 1959 Buick convertible, he comes to terms with Krenner after a bit of arguing. Krenner threatens to have him tossed back into the pokey if he doesn't cooperate with his (mad) plan.

Faust takes the tour upstairs with Krenner where Dr. Ulof is introduced along with his new invisibility ray which he demonstrates on a Guinea pig mainly to garner Faust's confidence.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 1, 2006
Format: DVD
This is one of those old drive-in formulaic wonders that make you roll your eyes and laugh, yet mysteriously manages to entertain with predictable plot points. The story essentially boils down to a mercenary ex-soldier who employs a crack thief (metaphorically named "Faust"...don't ever say the movie isn't heavy handed) to steal radioactive material for him under the cloak of invisibility. (Oh, wrong movie...I mean transparency.) The thief has other ideas and decides to rob a bank instead, but in one of the most unintentionally funny moments in cinema history, parts of him blink back into the visible spectrum during the holdup. Things go horribly awry, there is a short bout of love, a few hysterical fist fights (as the fighters "fight" their invisible...I mean transparent...foe), an atomic detonation, and a wonderful cold war era ending presenting the audience with a real conundrum.

This is a fairly entertaining, and very short, movie. It is generally well acted (though the fight scenes really needed work) and the special effects were above average for the time (I especially like the guinea pig's progressive disappearance effect, though the reanimation effects were really silly looking); I was especially fond of the completely bogus scientific content (the X-13 versus radium explanation is priceless). Fans of cold war films and B-grade horror should enjoy this one.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard J. Oravitz on June 6, 2009
Format: DVD
For a movie that was probably made for next to nothing this is really a pretty good crime/sci-fi programmer. Director Edgar Ulmer is famous for making good looking low budget films and this is one of his best.
Douglas Kennedy is bank robbing safe cracker Joey Faust sprung from prison by James Griffith(usually a bad guy in b-Westerns and tv shows of the period)to steal radioactive isotopes. Of course to do this Faust has to become transparent and is subjected to radioactive bombardment himself...talk about Faust selling his soul!
Corny, insane, implausible. Yet it somehow works! The acting is top-notch for this kind of stuff and the direction is sure-handed. It's under an hour and ends in a big explosion!
The ALPHA dvd is very good offering a clear picture at a bargin price. Marguerite (FLIGHT TO MARS) Chapman, Red Morgan (he's in Ulmer's BEYOND THE TIME BARRIER, probably shot around the same time) and Ivan Triesault(the mad scientist here) co-star.
Wonderful, whacky fun, a bit sleezy and well made!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 14, 2005
Format: DVD
Joey Faust (Douglas Kennedy) is busted out of prison by a crazy major named Kenner. Faust is a safe-cracker and Kenner wants to use radiation to turn him invisible.... er, transparent (imagine the possibilities). The major also has plans to create an army of invisible.... I mean transparent soldiers (!) for supposed world domination. With the help of Faust and Dr. Uloff (a German refugee who killed his own wife during concentration camp experiments), Kenner hopes to steal vital fissile material in order to finalize his evil plot. I love mad-science! I drool over radioactive experiments gone wrong! I also like the idea of being invisible (ok, transparent)! I didn't even mention Marguerite "Flight To Mars" Chapman messing with her nylons! Rrrrrrowrrr...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Byrd on February 21, 2014
Format: DVD
Disclaimer: The version of this film that I viewed is contained in the Sci-Fi Classics 50 Movie Pack produced by Mill Creek. As such, I cannot comment on the audio or visual quality of the disc released by Alpha Video. My review is concerned with the entertainment value of the film only.

Mill Creek Sci-Fi Classics 50 Movie Pack: Disc 1, Side B, second feature - THE AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN (1960), starring Marguerite Chapman and Douglas Kennedy. Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer (BEYOND THE TIME BARRIER)

I think most people know what they are getting into with a movie titled THE AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN - that name alone fairly reeks of low-budget sci-fi. If that's your assumption, then you'd be right. But there are grades of low-budget sci-fi - some of which, given the material we're working with, are actually quite entertaining, and others that are nearly unwatchable. TRANSPARENT MAN falls squarely in the middle, getting an excellent performance out of Kennedy and Ivan Triesault, the scientist who turns Kennedy transparent, and also doing a respectable, 1960's job on the special effects, but failing with a predictable plot and some pretty ridiculous scientific mumbo-jumbo.

The movie starts out with a bang - Kennedy, as Joey Faust, bank robber, is breaking out of prison, and the tower guards have cut loose from their mounted machine guns to try and stop him. But Joey's got some help - a mysterious woman picks him up not far from the prison walls (in a car she evidently rented from Batman), and spirits him away to an isolated farmhouse. From there, Faust is introduced to the Major, who has need of Joey's special talents.
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