The Invisible Ray

Synopsis: Visionary scientist Janos Rukh convinces a group of scientists and supporters to mount an expedition to the African continent to locate and study an ancient meteorite of great significance. He exposes himself to the highly toxic radiation of the meteorite, and while an antidote devised by Dr. Benet saves him from death by radiation poisoning, his naked touch causes instant death to others. Back in London, the benefits of the meteorite's controlled radiation offer Dr. Benet an opportunity to restore eyesight to the blind. The antidote's toxicity excites Prof. Rukh into paranoid rages as he seeks revenge against the members of his expedition, who he accuses of stealing his discovery for their own glory.
Director(s): Lambert Hillyer
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
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80 min

[Thunder clapping]

[Thunder rumbling]

[Thundering continues]

(Mother Rukh)


Yes, Mother Rukh.

Janos is still

in the laboratory, of course?

Yes. He's checking

his equipment

before the people

from England arrive.

I'm to let him know

when I see

the lights of the car.

[Thunder clapping]

It was on such a night

that Janos

first caught his ray

from Andromeda.

Your father worked the guides,

I held the detecting lens

and never saw again.

Dear Mother Rukh.

My son will not learn

until too late, I fear,

that the universe

is very large,

and there are some secrets

we are not meant to probe.

Janos says the electricity

will help the demonstration.

He is wrong to demonstrate

to these people.

Who are they?

Pigmies that scoff at a giant,

who have said

that he is only a visionary,

unscientific, a charlatan.


He's greater

than all of them.

He sent for them.

If he had waited,

one day

they would have begged,

begged to come to him.

[Thunder clapping]

[Thunder rumbling]

I see the car now.

I'll tell Janos.



[Rain pattering]


They are coming

up the grade.

Sir Francis Stevens

and the great Dr. Benet

from the University of Paris.

What do they know?

What will they ever know?

I'll take them somewhere

they have never been.

Back into time.

It will work well tonight.

I'm sure and I'm ready.

They'll never

laugh at me again.


They'll be here any minute.

You must prepare

to meet them.


Yes. Yes.

[Wind howling]

I'm Diana Rukh.

My husband will be here


I'm Lady Stevens.

This is my husband,

Sir Francis.

How do you do?

And this is Dr. Benet.


How do you do?

And this is my nephew,

Ronald Drake.

How do you do?

May I present you

to my husband's mother,

Frau Rukh?

How do you do?

Oh, what a lovely fire.

I hope you didn't have

too bad a time coming up.

It really is

rather a terrible trip.

Oh, I don't mind anything,

but my poor

sit-downish husband minded it.


Oh, thanks.

That will help.

Thank you.

Would anyone ever expect

to find anything like this

on top of

the Carpathian Mountain?


Sir Francis.

To see you again

after so many years

is interesting.

Dr. Benet, we meet at last.

But we already

know each other.


You've come to see me fail,

but you'll be disappointed.

I have come to see that

Sir Francis isn't deceived.

Your doubts

are very flattering.

They are mutual.

We have never seen

eye to eye.

That is because

I've always looked

200 years ahead

of your theories.


Dr. Rukh?

You haven't met me.

Lady Stevens.

Nor my nephew, Ronald Drake.

And you too

are a scientist, sir?

No, I'm afraid not.

He doesn't know a thing

about science.

But he's one of

the three living men

who crossed the mountains

of the moon,

made maps of the country.

And since

that's where we're going,

he'll come in useful.

Very commendable work, sir.

Good man. I've seen him

tested in Africa.

I read that you were

going to Africa.

That's why

I asked you here.

Because what I have

to show you after dinner

concerns Africa,

and the claim I made

many years ago.

[Switch clicks]

All of this

makes a man like me

feel quite small

and useless.

But you've gone

into uncharted places, too.

Oh, my explorations

have all been on this planet.

They reach into space.

This is the nebula

in Andromeda.

A ray from this nebula

will be caught here

and electrically transferred

to the projector

in my laboratory.

There I will recreate

what is recorded

on that beam of light.

From Andromeda?

From Andromeda.

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