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The Invisible Ray (1936)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 20 January 1936 (USA)
A scientist becomes murderous after discovering, and being exposed to the radiation of, a powerful new element called Radium X.

Director:

Lambert Hillyer

Writers:

John Colton (screenplay), Howard Higgin (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... Dr. Janos Rukh (as Karloff)
Bela Lugosi ... Dr. Felix Benet
Frances Drake ... Diana Rukh
Frank Lawton ... Ronald Drake
Violet Kemble Cooper ... Mother Rukh
Walter Kingsford ... Sir Francis Stevens
Beulah Bondi ... Lady Arabella Stevens
Frank Reicher ... Professor Meiklejohn (Mendelssohn in end credits)
Paul Weigel Paul Weigel ... Monsieur Noyer
Georges Renavent Georges Renavent ... Chief of the Surete (as Georges Renevant)
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Storyline

Visionary scientist Janos Rukh convinces a group of scientists and supporters to mount an expedition to the African continent to locate and study an ancient meteorite of great significance. He exposes himself to the highly toxic radiation of the meteorite, and while an antidote devised by Dr. Benet saves him from death by radiation poisoning, his naked touch causes instant death to others. Back in London, the benefits of the meteorite's controlled radiation offer Dr. Benet an opportunity to restore eyesight to the blind. The antidote's toxicity excites Prof. Rukh into paranoid rages as he seeks revenge against the members of his expedition, who he accuses of stealing his discovery for their own glory. Written by Sister Grimm <srgrimm@teleport.com>

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Delving into new, strange fields of mystery! See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

20 January 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le rayon invisible See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Early in the film, Janos Rukh projects a view of the Earth as seen from outer space. The sound effect of the meteor approaching the Earth was used continually by Universal Pictures as that of the rocket ships in its Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers movie serials. See more »

Goofs

After both the old guy and the woman sitting next to him have both refused to be served any antelope stew, there are several camera cuts, but none indicating passage of time. In the next close-up of them, when someone has brought the woman a letter, these characters now have a small plate of antelope stew right in between them. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Felix Benet: There are only two people he wants to destroy: two... or
[looming over Ronald Drake]
Dr. Felix Benet: , perhaps three.
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Crazy Credits

The character of "Professor Meiklejohn," correct in the opening credits, is listed as "Professor Mendelssohn" in the closing credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played on an organ for the wedding
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Karloff/Lugosi...Need I Say More
17 November 1999 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

The Invisible Ray is an exciting story about an overworked scientist who works effortlessly in his Carpathian castle looking for secrets of the universe. Boris Karloff plays the scientist Janos Ruhk who travels with a band of other scientists to Africa for the spot where an unidentified element landed centuries ago. Karloff is very good as the scientist who accidentally poisons himself with this new radioactive element. Karloff is obsessed with the idea that his fellow travelers, amongst them the stately Lugosi as Dr. Benet, are after his honors and secrets of this new find. Because of this, Karloff goes on a maniacal murdering spree of his former friends. There are many good elements in this film, most dealing with the rather interesting story of science gone amok. Lugosi is good too, although his role is not very big. I must agree with many that this pairing of the horrific duo is a second to The Black Cat. Nonetheless this is a fine Universal science fiction/horror film.


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