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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Amazing Transparent Man (1960)

Starring Marguerite Chapman, Douglas Kennedy, James Griffith, Ivan Triesault, Red Morgan
Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer
(actor & director credits courtesy

An enemy spy breaks a safecracker out of prison with plans to turn him invisible to stage a daring theft of atomic materials.

Not a particularly good film, nor a terribly bad one, this effort from low-budget director Ulmer makes the most of limited special effects and an effective music score from Darrell Calker, but there's just not enough on the screen to make the picture particularly memorable.  Kennedy is well-cast and convincing as a hardened criminal but we really don't find out much about him, and Chapman is saddled with a even less-defined character who hitches her wagon to Kennedy's character, but it's never really clear why.  Still, if you're looking for an afternoon's diversion, you could fare far worse.

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