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The Amazing Transparent Man is a 1960 sci-fi picture, concerning a scientist who (under duress) develops a method for turning men invisible. The particular "guinea pig" for this method is recently liberated career criminal Joey Faust. Said career criminal is extorted into working for The Man Behind the Man, who is hoping to create an army for profit. Faust is enlisted to steal "atomic material" to use during the research.

Eventually, Faust discovers that the invisibility process is both unstable and deadly. It falls to the scientist and various others to stop this evil scheme before the world is truly doomed.

For the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version, please go to the episode recap page.


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The Amazing Transparent Man contains examples of these tropes:

  • Artistic License – Nuclear Physics: Apparently, leaving the uranium outside the safe while the invisibility machine's running will cause an explosion that'll destroy an entire county.
  • Binocular Shot: Used twice - and thanks to the use of Stock Footage, they randomly switch camera angles and locations, even though the guy holding them is standing perfectly still.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: "...What would you do?"
  • Five-Man Band
  • High-Heel–Face Turn: Laura ultimately decides to desert Krenner and tries to get Faust to run away with her. Faust isn't buying it.
  • I Have Your Wife: Dr. Ulof's daughter is being held by Krenner to ensure Ulof's cooperation. Similarly, Krenner has apparently promised to spring Julian's son from prison (the son is actually dead).
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  • I Love Nuclear Power: It can turn people invisible.
  • Invisibility: The plot involves making people transparent.
  • Phlebotinum Breakdown: After Faust receives the invisibility treatment with the experimental radioactive material, he starts turning visible and invisible at random times.
  • Pretty in Mink: Laura wears a mink wrap when she drives the getaway car after breaking Faust out of prison, showing how she's well paid for her services.
  • Redemption Equals Death:
    • Laura betrays Krenner and is shot by him.
    • Faust finally turns on Krenner for the sake of his own daughter (at Ulof's urging), and sacrifices himself by fighting Krenner whilst opening the safe with the uranium and triggering A Nuclear Oopsie.
  • Safecracking: Locks mean nothing to Faust. He picks them easily.


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