1936 Universal Studios trailer for “The Invisible Ray” (with Realart re-issue end titles).
Who was in “The Invisible Ray?”
The players who appeared in Hillyer’s screen thriller were Boris Karloff (as Dr. Janos Rukh), Bela Lugosi (as Dr. Felix Benet), Frances Drake (as Diane Rukh), Frank Lawton (as Ronald Drake), Beulah Bondi (as Lady Arabella Stevens), Walter Kingsford (as Sir Francis Stevens) and Violet Kemble Cooper (as Mother Rukh).
Set interiors from other Universal productions were used
According to the American Film Institute’s database article on “The Invisible Ray,” several interior sets from Universal’s first “Flash Gordon” serial film adaption series were used (the Buster Crabbe “Flash Gordon” serial series was also released in 1936).
For the marriage scenes in the church for Frances Drake and Frank Lawton’s characters, the studio used interiors that were originally designed for the 1923 film adaptation of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” according to IMDB.
Footage elements from “The Invisible Ray” were later used in a Universal serial
According to additional information from the American Film Institute, footage elements from “The Invisible Ray” were recycled in Universal’s 1939 film serial, “The Phantom Creeps” (which also featured Bela Lugosi).
Visual effects: A closely guarded secret
During the production of “The Invisible Ray,” veteran studio cinematographer John Fulton worked on the special visual effects for Hillyer’s thriller feature. According to an article in the 1936 issue of the studio’s publicity magazine, Universal officials did not divulge Fulton’s process for the visual effects techniques that he employed in the film.
Be sure to watch (or record) Svengoolie’s showcase of “The Invisible Ray” this Sat. on Me-TV!
With Boris, Bela and an ensemble cast, you will not be disappointed in Svengoolie’s showcase of “The Invisible Ray” this Sat. on Me-TV! Highly recommended for all fellow fans of Universal thrillers with the magic of Sven, Doug and Kerwyn!
Sat., Aug. 19 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central on Me-TV
In the Frederick, Maryland/Washington, D.C. area: WTTG-5.3/Cable 196/Fios 489
In the Baltimore, Maryland area: WBAL-TV 11.2/Cable 208 (“Svengoolie” is time-delayed to 11 p.m. due to TV-11’s 10 p.m. newscast on their Me-TV sub-channel)
In the Hanover/Gettysburg/York, Pennsylvania area: WGAL-TV 8.2/Cable 248 (Sven is also time-delayed on WGAL-TV 8 due to their 10 p.m. newscast on their Me-TV sub-channel)
Join in on the fun with us fellow SvenPals from coast-to-coast! Live-tweet (during Svengoolie’s big broadcast) with fellow super Sven fans (by using “#Svengoolie” on Twitter)!
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