Once should never judge a movie by it's title... but sometimes, the title is a big indicator of the movie's quality...
Safecracker Joey Faust has a mysterious benefactor in Major Paul Kenner when Kenner breaks Faust out of jail. Soon Faust discovers that the Major has a sinister plan in story for him and the world... one that requires him to become the Amazing Transparent Man...
This is a mad scientist B-movie right to the core. The premise is silly, the budget low, the acting giggle inducing. But it's not all bad, though.
I have to give credit to Douglas Kennedy as Joey Faust. He managed to make the character interesting- and even a little likable. His face reminded me a bit of Lon Chaney, Jr in "Indestructible Man" (1956). Marguerite Chapman as Laura Matson was nice to look at, but a little hammy when being hysterical and panicky. I wasn't much for James Griffith's performance as Major Paul Krenner, however- though I was amused by his fight with the invisible Faust... and the puppy dog look on his face afterwards. Ivan Triesault was passable as Dr. Peter Ulof- the scientist who invents the invisibility machine. I liked him, but didn't find him as interesting as Faust or Julian- played by Boyd "Red" Morgan. Morgan gets a great line in the movie that I loved:
"You know what one of these bullets can do, son? It'll rip out your spine and roll it up like a ball of string."
There isn't much that can be said about the camera work- it's really simple, and rather plain to be honest. The special effects used for the turning invisible segments were a little undewhelming as well. The same can be said for the actual story- which came in at just under an hour. There isn't even much "amazing transparent man" to be had, actually. I was rather disappointed in that.
While this is a movie that might be enjoyable as a "Festival des Fromage" night of movies, it's not one that I would pluck off the shelf and re-watch. I'm putting, "The Amazing Transparent Man," into "The Ugly".