Invisible Man in Mexico/El hombre que logró ser invisible (1958)

Invisible Man In Mexico (1958)Vibrates you with the most strange and violent emotion!

A scientist is wrongly convicted of murdering his partner and sentenced to life in prison. Luckily, his brother has been working on a formula for invisibility and, after a prison visit, the innocent man escapes and sets about uncovering the conspiracy and finding the real killer.

Mexican cinema of the 1950s and 1960s always tends to get noticed for some of its more outrageous output, particularly those films involving silver-masked wrestler Santo, or the wonderful Aztec Mummy. This is mainly due to the efforts of legendary film distributor K Gordon Murray, who dubbed the films into English and released them north of the border. But that wasn’t the whole story, and the proof is here with this well-mounted, professional take on the H.G.Wells’ tale of the ‘things that man must leave alone.’

Simply, it’s a remake of Universal’s ‘The Invisible Man Returns’ (1940), where a young Vincent Price found himself in a similar predicament to our hero here, played by well-respected Mexican actor Arturo de Cordova. It’s a serious drama that respects its source material (both literary and cinematic), throwing in the same creeping madness that derailed Claude Rains in the original ‘The Invisible Man’ (1933).

Invisible Man In Mexico (1958)

He’d had better days…

The names in front and behind the camera were top flight in the local industry at the time and the talent is evident throughout. The SFX are decent for the time too; footprints appear, cigarettes are smoked, cushions sink and test animals fade to skeletons in the best Hollywood time lapse tradition. De Cordova making himself visible by slathering his face in makeup reminded me of the 1970s TV show with David McCallum.

The film is well acted, with some effort made to display credible emotional crises, as well as the more outlandish details of the tale. The real problem here is that it’s nothing new and, without a fresh take on the idea, it remains a resolutely average way to spend 90 minutes, even though it’s efficiently delivered by director Alfredo B Crevenna.

A reasonable entry in the Invisible Man’s long catalogue.

 

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One thought on “Invisible Man in Mexico/El hombre que logró ser invisible (1958)

  1. El pueblo fantasma (Ghost Town) (1965) – Mark David Welsh

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