The Invisible Ray (1936)
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as Dr. Janos Rukh
as Dr. Felix Benet
as Diane Rukh
as Mother Rukh
as Ronald Drake
as Sir Francis Stevens
as Lady Arabella Stevens
as Chief of Surete
as Prof. Meiklejohn
as Monsieur Noyer
as Mme. Noyer
as No. 1 Boy
Critic Reviews for The Invisible Ray
As the story unreels, you realize that this is just another case of a man's manager bringing him along too fast. It is no wonder Karloff's mind cracks under the strain.
It's briskly staged with some fine camerawork, and Karloff -- turned into a radioactive killer and melting down a symbolic statue after each death on his vengeance trail against his wife and the colleagues he feels have betrayed him -- is great.
other than being lightly entertaining, this science fiction pic is no Frankenstein.
Lesser of Lugosi-Karloff pairings, still not bad
What really sells the film is less its impressive look and sound or unusually expansive length, but more the fact that it's completely all about its two stars.
Audience Reviews for The Invisible Ray
Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi teamed up again for Universal in this science fiction film (it is actually not really a horror film, despite it's two leads). Karloff plays a scientist who has invented a heat ray (and some kind of looking back in time device), who travels to Africa to search for something he had seen crash on Earth eons ago in his little past device. But while in Africa he starts to glow due to exposure to radium...and goes mad as a result. It is a fairly solid science fiction movie of its time, with a few elements of horror, as is to be expected of Universal in this time period. Decent, but not terrific.
Dr. Janos Rukh (Boris Karloff) is an unorthodox scientist who discovers an African meteor containing an alien element. His colleague (Bela Lugosi) harnesses this element for the good of mankind, but the radiation gives Rukh a poisonous touch, an inhuman glow, and a diseased mind. These factors turn into a killing spree when Rukh's perpetually-ignored wife (Frances Drake) abandons him. The Invisible Ray isn't exactly a masterpiece, but it's worth checking out if one likes the Universal horror films of the 1930's. However, if one is new to Karloff/Lugosi pairings, I'd recommend the far superior Black Cat.
An OK movie but I really didn't start getting into it until Karloff started suffering from the effects of the radiation poisoning
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