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The Invisible Ray
Directed by Lambert Hillyer
Produced by Edmund Grainger
Written by John Colton
Starring Boris Karloff
Béla Lugosi
Frances Drake
Frank Lawton
Walter Kingsford
Beulah Bondi
Music by Franz Waxman
Cinematography George Robinson
Editing by Bernard W. Burton
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) United States January 20, 1936
Running time 82 min.
Country  United States
Language English

The Invisible Ray (1936) is a Universal Pictures science fiction film starring Boris Karloff — credited merely as "Karloff" — and Béla Lugosi.



A visionary doctor, Dr. Janos Rukh (Karloff) invents a telescope that can look far out into space — into Andromeda — and pick up rays of light that will show the Earth's past. Looking at the past on a television-like screen, a group of assembled doctors as well as Dr. Rukh see a large meteor hit the earth thousands of years ago. Rukh convinces the doctors to go on an expedition to find the meteor that appeared to land in Africa. While in Africa, Rukh finds the meteor but is exposed to strong radiation ("Radium X") from the rock. Dr. Benet (Lugosi) takes a piece of the stone back to Europe and uses the meteorite to heal people, including curing the blind. Rukh, suffering from the radiation, glows at night when not treated and is slowly losing his mind.

The film features music by film composer Franz Waxman.


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