Also known as ''Il Raggio Infernale,'' this Italo-Spanish spy {{film}} was one of the many to ride the wave of Film/JamesBond-style knock-off spy thrillers in the [[TheSixties '60s]] and [[TheSeventies '70s]]. The plot, such as it is, follows the adventures of American super spy Bart Fargo as he chases down the kidnapped professor Carmichael, creator of the eponymous death ray (which, the professor must stress, was only created to be used for "peaceful purposes..."), and save him from a [[NebulousEvilOrganization poorly-defined evil organization]] which doesn't share the professor's...unique world view. Following the trail (and bouncy soundtrack) from Italy to Spain, Fargo must contend with the usual assortment of spies, FemmeFatale and one really, ''really'' violent UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln (trust us on this one) in order to make the world safe for all peace-waging death ray-wanting countries everywhere.

For the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' version, please go to the [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S06E20DangerDeathRay episode recap page]].

!!This film provides examples of:

* BaldOfEvil: Inverted; the guys who kidnapped the professor are the only ones in the room with full heads of hair.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: Fargo has a clear shot at Al after a botched murder attempt but deliberately lets him escape; he then later helps Al after the latter barely survives a YouHaveFailedMe fate. These actions lead to Al's MookFaceTurn.
* BigBad: [[spoiler: Carver, the Creator/ChristopherPlummer / [[Series/GetSmart Edward Platt]]-esque guy overseeing the demonstration of the Death Ray at the beginning]]. Not one of the kidnappers, but there nonetheless.
* BottomlessMagazines: Averted so thoroughly that watching Bart Fargo reload every minute or so becomes quite annoying. The film seems not to understand that after seeing him reload once or twice, the audience will assume that he continues to do so even without seeing it happen.
* TheCasanova: The movie tries to paint Fargo as this. Doesn't really work.
* CuttingTheElectronicLeash: Bart throwing his spy watch out the hotel window at the end. (See {{Narm}} below.)
* DeathRay: Naturally. [[InsistentTerminology For peaceful purposes]].
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: The briefing about the peaceful Death Ray, and the lead up to it.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Lucille manages to foil Bart's pursuers by being completely naked while painting.
-->'''Mook:''' We're looking for a man.
-->'''Lucille:''' My word, so am I. Let me know if you find an extra one.
* DisposableWoman: [[spoiler: Mrs. Carver]]. She doesn't even get a first name. Hell, it's arguable if we can even be certain she's [[spoiler: actually married to Carver at all]].
* DeathTrap: The villain's lair at the end has machine gun cameras mounted on seemingly every surface throughout a ''very'' narrow hallway, yet Fargo somehow manages to take down every one without so much as a scratch. It probably has something to do with them all being identically hidden with massive blind spots.
* TheDragon: Frank, the Andre the Giant/Michael Caine-looking guy.
* {{Eagleland}}: At least, an Italian take on an American superspy, even giving him as "American" a name with "Bart" as a first name and "Fargo" as the second.
* FakeAmerican: Our hero, whom the Italians gave the most American 1960's name they could think of ("Bart") and the most Midwestern last name they could think of ("Fargo"). Result: AtrociousAlias. [[invoked]]
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: Apparently the guards/mooks at the main supervillain lair are aware of Al's identity as one of their own but not that he has been [[YouHaveFailedMe ousted for failing]] and has [[HeelFaceTurn switched sides]], as shown when they allow him into the compound. The 'crazy' part comes into play when Al chauffeurs Fargo (a.k.a. a '''complete stranger''') into the villa with him, past several groups of armed thugs, and not a single one of them raises an eyebrow.
* HeroicBystander: Lucille. Most people might have an issue with random guys dropping through their skylights and being chased by guys with guns. Not her.
* IdiotBall:
** Fargo has a perfect shot at the escaping Al at one point in the film. [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation For some reason,]] [[FoeYay he doesn't take it.]] Though it does come back to [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe help him out later]].
** Played straight at the end with the bad guys though; [[MoreDakka bless 'em for trying.]]
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: [[ChewToy Al]]. To the point where even the ''hero'' takes pity on the poor bastard.
* LeaveTheCameraRunning: First when the scientists are meeting in the beginning. After they are cleared through the checkpoint, the film spends over ten seconds just looking at the feed of a security camera with ''nothing of interest happening at all''. Later, the camera tracks all the members of the conference just walking through a hallway and taking an elevator downstairs. No music, no dialogue, nothing important happening.
-->'''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Mike]]:''' They really have captured the grandeur of white guys walking in herds.
* LeitMotif: Bart Fargo's is the catchy "Badupadupadada".
* {{Mooks}}: By the caseload; on both sides, to boot.
* MookFaceTurn: Al.
* MoreDakka: Disguised as antique wall fixtures, for that extra bit of class.
* NotableOriginalMusic: Much of the music in the movie sounds a lot like Music/HerbieHancock's ''Watermelon Man'' and the catchy "Badupadupadada" for Bart Fargo's LeitMotif.
* PoliceAreUseless: The barricades by the police are more like revolving doors.
* PunchClockVillain: Poor Al really seems to hate being on the low rung of his organization's hierarchy and seems really keen on taking up Fargo's offer to get him out of it. [[spoiler: Poor, poor Al.]]
* RayGun: The Death Ray, which was built for [[SarcasmMode *cough* peaceful purposes *cough*]].
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Poor poor Al]].
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* SatelliteLoveInterest: Aside from briefly hiding Fargo in her apartment, Lucille has absolutely no impact on the plot until she is [[DistressedDamsel kidnapped]] during the climax.
* TheSixties: Depressingly so, in Italy. The film just screams ''Casanova '70''. Which is odd, since it was filmed in Spain.
* SoundtrackDissonance: See EarWorm, above. This movie has some of the bounciest damn chase scenes you're ever likely to find.
* SpyFiction: Uh huh.
* SuspectIsHatless: When the lead scientist is kidnapped and lifted out on a helicopter, the description of the helicopter is described as "painted white and red with a blue tail."
* TorosYFlamenco / OliveGarden: It's hard to figure out where exactly some of the locations are supposed to be, except for the scenes obviously set in Barcelona.
* TooDumbToLive: Al. He charges out from behind cover during a running gun battle for no apparently sensible reason.
* TuxedoAndMartini: Well, more like "Business Casual," but it fits the mold closer than Stale Beer (Bart seems to prefer Cointreau, incidentally), what with all the explosions and gunfire and the titular death ray.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [-([=MST3K=] version only)-] Whatever happened to Frank? Fargo's fighting him in a room, then it just cuts away for some reason.