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 escaped criminal who uses an invisibility serum to escape. It was one of two sci-fi films shot back to back by director Edgar G. Ulmer (the other being Beyond the Time Barrier). 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 has 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..."
Paul Krenner (James Griffith), a former major, forces scientist Peter Ulof (Ivan Triesault) to develop a radiation-based technique capable of making people invisible. He proposes to use this technique for military purposes and to develop a method of making an army invisible which he would be able to sell to the highest bidder. In order to secure sufficient radium to continue the experiments he helps Joey Faust (Douglas Kennedy) to escape from prison and forces him to undergo the invisibility treatment so that he can steal more. However Faust has different ideas and uses his new found invisibility for his own ends.
|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|
- Wingrove, David. Science Fiction Film Source Book (Longman Group Limited, 1985)
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