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Not particularly memorable
A rather average suspense film, with decent screenplay; but lack of a build-up.
I consider The Invisible Ray something worthy, even though it's basically a low-budget nothing. The reason I feel that way is because it actually gave Bela Lugosi something to do other than be a creepy figure. He actually has a role that doesn't require him to be Dracula-like, which was how he was used most of the time. Boris Karloff is great in his role as well, but Lugosi is really the reason to watch this movie. The plot isn't that great, but it gets the job. It's not an overlooked movie by any means, but any movie that shines a little more light on Lugosi as an actor is great in my book.
Boris Karloff's first film after "Frankenstein" is as a mad scientist (his first in many such roles). This is the third and last time he teams with Bela Lugosi for Universal; they ended up co-starring in seven films. The film ran into shooting problems when original director Stuart Walker took a powder; he was replaced by Lambert Hillyer. It's briskly paced, well-acted, features imaginative black and white camerawork from George Robinson and a wonderful nonsensical script from John Colton. It's based on a story by Howard Higgin & Douglas Hodges.Â
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.
A good solid B moviie
A rather entertaining Karloff/Lugosi sci-fi vehicle....
loast teaming of Karloff& lugosi
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.
There's Nothing Invisible About The High Quality Of This Film!!