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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

WARNING - This Post is X-Rayded and Hindsight is 20/20!






 Preacher: Are you a sinner? Do you wish to be saved? 

 Dr. James Xavier: Saved? No. I've come to tell you 
 what I see. There are great darknesses. 
 Farther than time itself. 

 And beyond the darkness... a light that glows, changes... 
 and in the center of the universe... 
 the eye that sees us all. 

 X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes 

 Released in the USA September 18, 1963, 




Have a Shady day!


  1. Oh, that age of movies was great. So campy and yet so much fun! Although I don't think I've seen this one, I do enjoy other ones from this genre. I will look around and see if I can find it somewhere online or to order.

    And this is the kind of x-rayded post I like! Thank you, my friend, for bringing those fun thoughts of these old movies back to the forefront this morning-

    1. Thanks so much, Shelly! I saw this move at least half a dozen times over the years beginning in 1963. I can hardly believe the first time was 50 years ago. Roger Corman is one of my favorite directors, master of the quick and dirty, low budget (or no budget) exploitation films. This isn't the first time I've paid tribute to him on the blog and it surely won't be the last.

      Thank you very much for your visit and comment, dear Shelly, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  2. I haven't actually seen that movie but, boy, I always loved Ray Milland. He was usually so suave, but he doesn't look like that in your photos here! I did see a lot of horror movies in the 60's, which I used to love. Somehow they were much more spooky in black & white. The Pit and the Pendulum springs to mind, as well as all the Frankenstein films. Sending smooches your way dear Tom.

    1. Hallo, dear Thisisme! I always admired Ray Milland. Can you believe his acting career began in 1929? Remember him in The Lost Weekend and Love Story? Surely Milland's strangest role was in The Thing With Two Heads in which he and football great Roosevelt Grier shared the same body! (LOL) I'm glad you mentioned Pit and the Pendulum because it's one of my favorite movies and was also directed by Roger Corman. Corman is best known for his string of Poe adaptations which also included House of Usher, Premature Burial (which also starred Milland), Tales of Terror, The Raven, Haunted Palace, Masque of the Red Death and Tomb of Ligeia.

      Thank you very much for coming by, dear friend Thisisme. Good night to you and have a wonderful Thursday!

  3. It's funny those "scary" sci fi's actually kinda make you LOL now. That trailer did just that especially the part at the party with everyone dancing. I'm sure every man (and maybe women) would love to get their hands on some of that magic potion. I saw a couple of Corman's movies including, Big Bad Mama, Grand Theft Auto and , yes, Piranha! If I remember right, didn't Melody Thomas Scott (Nicki, from Y & R) star in that , Shady????
    Toni Deroche

    1. Hi, Toni! Goodness gracious, dear friend - you could teach a clinic. First of all, I'm thrilled to know you are a Roger Corman fan and that you saw Angie Dickinson and William Shatner in Big Bad Mama and Ron Howard in Grand Theft Auto. Secondly, I had to look it up in my Funk and Wagnalls but sure enough, a few years before she became Nicki Newman, Melody Thomas was indeed in the Jaws spoof Piranha. I was surprised to learn that by the time she appeared in that 1978 film, Melody was already a 15 year veteran of television and movies.

      That trailer for Man With the X-Ray Eyes made me laugh, too. The scene in which he is able to see through the girl's clothing is reminiscent of the 1959 Russ Meyer movie The Immoral Mr. Teas, in which a meek door-to-door salesman develops X-Ray (and X-Rated) vision after undergoing dental surgery, enabling him to see through women's clothes.

      Thank you very much for the great comment, dear friend Toni. Enjoy your evening and the rest of your week!

  4. Kathleen Mae SchneiderSeptember 18, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    I only remember Ray Milland in television parts, but I'm not sure which ones. He was the epitome of sophistication and his voice was superb as I recall. I was surprised to read he was Welsh.

    Since my brother was ten years older than I, watching horror movies on our old black-and-white Sylvania television with him seemed okay for a while. I felt safe since he was bigger and stronger and I imagined he would protect me from whatever ghoulish monster somehow escaped through that "halo" around the screen into our living room.

    I vividly remember Boris Karloff in "The Mummy". "Donovan"s Brain" and "The Fly" were of the same science-gone-wrong genre as those mentioned above I believe. Then in the middle of "The Fly", my brother scared the wits out of me by making an explosive buzzing sound next to my head!

    I was kind of afraid to watch horror films after that - until many years later when dates talked me into seeing "Dracula: Prince of Darkness" with Christopher Lee and "Rosemary's Baby" with Mia Farrow. Maybe I felt safe again (Not sure if THAT'S the word...) but at least they didn't provide too many scares other than what was happening on the screen!

    As always, thanks for the memories, Tom!

    1. Hi, dear Kathleen! You're right. Ray Milland always had an air of sophistication about him and was often cast as wealthy, powerful men. We should not forget his fine performance in Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 thriller Dial M For Murder co-starring Grace Kelly (remade in 1998 as A Perfect Murder starring Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow). As I mentioned to Thisisme, Milland was in another Roger Corman horror flick, the screen adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's short story Premature Burial. I remember watching Premature Burial in a theater at the age of 12 and it stands as one of the most genuinely frightening pictures I've ever seen. Rosemary's Baby would be another. The slice and dice, blood and gore spectacles that have been popular for the last 30 years cannot match the terror and suspense achieved by psychological thrillers such as these.

      Thank you very much for joining my horror film discussion group, dear friend Kathleen. Have a good night and a better tomorrow!

  5. These are not the kind of movies that I was drawn to in those days, but it was sure fun to read about them here. I do remember "The Man With X-Ray Eyes", but not whether I actually saw it or not. I certainly remember Ray Milland, but more as the epitome of suave.

    1. Hi, Jeanie! Dear friend, I hope I can take your visit as a sign that your life is slowly getting back to normal after your part of Colorado was recently ravaged by flood waters. I haven't stopped thinking about you and your stricken friends and neighbors out there!

      Suave, sophisticated, debonair - those adjectives certainly do describe most of Ray Milland's movie characters. Incidentally, the movie quote that I included in this post was burned into my memory and has stayed fresh in my mind for 50 years. The dialogue was taken from a scene at the end of the movie when Dr. Xavier wanders into a tent where an evangelist preacher is in the middle of a fire and brimstone sermon. What transpires next is one of those transcendental moments in film and I highly recommend this picture to anyone who enjoys the science fiction horror genre.

      Thank you very much, dear Jeanie, for taking time away from your problems and worries to join your friends here at SDM&M. I wish you blue skies in the foreseeable future, dear friend!

  6. Hi Shady!
    I'm worried because I have not seen that movie! I can't believe I have not idea... it's just 2 am here, so I'll see it right now and I will comment to you my opinion.
    I love Ray I can't wait to see it ...I'm going!



    1. Hello, dear Paula, the one and only Mademoiselle Rock 'n' Roll! I'm surprised you're still awake at 2 am in Spain, dear friend, and I hope you don't intend to stay up all night watching this movie! :) It is very sweet of you to show an interest in the film, however, and I do hope you get a change to watch it eventually. The special effects are primitive by today's standards and yet Ray Milland's commanding performance more than makes up for it.

      Love you, too, dear friend Paula. Thank you very much for your kind visit and comment. Get a good night's sleep and have a wonderful Thursday!

  7. Wow! I've never heard about this! I must tell Donnacha about it. Actually I've been meaning to share his cinematography site with you Tom as I think you might like it

    Hope you're having a great week!

    Emma x

    1. Hi, dear Emma! You Europeans are night owls. Paula in Spain submitted her comment close to 2 am and it looks like you submitted yours after 1 am. I'm so glad to see you! I checked out Donnacha's cinematography site and it contains a very impressive collection of movie images. It would be nice if he could assemble screen caps and production stills from movies directed by the prolific Roger Corman.

      Thank you very much for staying up late to comment, dear friend Emma. Have a terrific Thursday!

  8. What an X-citing film! How many times people have wished they had x-ray vision and perhaps this move capitalised on that. The scene of him dancing is too much! he's so stiff and awkward! Though i guess if you could see under all the ladies dresses you wouldnt want to move much either!

    1. Ha ha ha! Hello, dear Catherine, and thanks for coming! That dance scene was indeed funny and Ray Milland's facial expression was priceless. 50 years ago in 1963 the time was right for change. Movie audiences were becoming more sophisticated and a plethora of exploitation movies in a variety of categories (bikers, zombies, graphic horror, nudies, psych) were set to be released. Movies that showed nudity or hinted at it were becoming more acceptable in the mainstream. A year later the Beatles blew the lid off pop music and culture precipitating widespread massive change. It was truly a pivotal moment and an exciting time to be young. I was 13.

      Thank you very much for taking a look at The Man With the X-Ray Eyes, dear Cat, and enjoy your evening down there!

  9. Love Roger Corman's films! I have a few of them in my collection. The Trip was very psychedelic.

    1. Hi, Amy! I'm pleased to know you like Roger Corman. When I was a boy my big brother took me to see horror and sci-fi movies practically every weekend. I remember seeing the following Corman films: Beast With a Million Eyes, Day the World Ended, It Conquered the World, Not of This Earth, Attack of the Crab Monsters, Bucket of Blood, Wasp Woman, House of Usher, Little Shop of Horrors, Last Woman on Earth, Creature From the Haunted Sea, Pit and the Pendulum, Premature Burial, Tales of Terror, Tower of London, The Raven, The Terror, Haunted Palace, Masque of the Red Death and The Man With the X-Ray Eyes. Ray Milland's speech at the end of the movie (quoted in the text of this post) was one of the greatest ever and has stuck with me for the last 50 years.

      Thank you very much for your comment, dear, Amy, and have a wonderful New Zealand weekend!

  10. Kathleen Mae SchneiderSeptember 20, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Hey! I'm back to relay some of Bob's memories of these films. He and I are both impressed with the sheer amount of Roger Corman's work, and in so many different genres too.

    Now when we go to the movies, he likes sci-fi and adventure flicks with lots of stuff blowing up and car chases.

    As a teenager, Bob had to read Edgar Allen Poe in English class and memorize some of his poems, so he saw all of the film adaptations to see how closely they followed the stories. He also saw a lot of the horror and science fiction films you mentioned.

    He remembers spending only $.25 for a double feature on Saturday matinees in his home town in the late 50s. He could take his dates to the movies for under $5.00, because even the popcorn was only $.10, and the movies included cartoons and a newsreel. Hard to believe!

    I had to laugh when Bob recounted a story I've never heard before. He told me about the time when he was a junior or senior in high school and asked one of the most attractive girls in the school to the movies. By the time the previews were running, he realized she was quite obnoxious in spite of her good looks. So he went out for more popcorn - and kept right on walking! He said he was pretty unpopular for quite a while after that.

    Just had to share...

    1. Hi, Kathleen and Bob! Thanks for returning with more shares. Thinking back, I realize that I was repeatedly exposed to fantasy horror and violence from the tender age of three. The experts warn against a young child witnessing intense shocks and thrills on a regular basis but I turned out alright...

      ...or DID I ???


      As I'm sure Bob noticed, all of those Poe adaptations directed on a shoestring budget by Roger Corman were very loosely based on the original stories.

      The hit formula was as follows:

      1) a large, creepy, fog shrouded Gothic castle on a cliff with a vertigo inducing 200 foot drop to the rocks and crashing waves below

      2) a beautiful young pale-skinned woman with an ample bust and a frock that constantly reveals it

      3) a plot that inevitably places the damsel in distress

      4) Vincent Price and/or Boris Karloff and Jack Nicholson

      5) an ending that disposes of the villain in a raging fire or a fall from the cliff (or BOTH if it can be arranged)

      Bob was the King of Cool if he walked out on that stuck-up girl in the movie theater. I can't picture Wally Cleaver having the nerve to do the same. I'm not even sure that I could have pulled off such a bold move. Move over Johnny Depp. Step aside James Franco. There's a new kid in town and his name is... Bob!

      Thanks for the memories (Bob's), dear Kathleen, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  11. My favorite Ray Milland movie is 'Rear Window'. My mom took me to see Man with the X-ray Eyes when it opened. I guess 13 is too young because it upset me. Do you remember the ending? Having seen it so much, you must. I've never forgotten it.

    When I was older I enjoyed some other Corman films though. I used to like the Vincent Price movies on TV, the ones written by Poe, if those are by Corman. Very creep, but fun.

    1. Hi, dear Belle! I'm so very happy to see you this evening! This is the point I was making in my reply to Kathleen's comment above yours. You were upset seeing X-Ray Eyes at age 13 but by then I was a ten year horror movie veteran, having gone to my first shocker at age 3 (House of Wax starring Vincent Price). It's hard for me to explain but I actually looked forward to getting scared. My brother made a game of frightening me and I learned to love it.

      You're right. Roger Corman's most famous period was his "Poe cycle" in which he directed 8 Poe adaptations. All except Premature Burial starred Vincent Price. Premature Burial starred Ray Milland. Perhaps the Ray you were thinking of in Rear Window was Raymond Burr. Ray Milland starred in Dial M For Murder which was a similar movie released the same year (1954).

      Thank you very much for coming over to see me on a Saturday, Belle. I'll have another post coming up first thing tomorrow and I hope you'll stop by during its six day run. Stay well and enjoy the rest of your weekend, dear friend!

  12. How in the heck did I miss this crazy, fun post?! I remember the movie about the xray eyes but I don't think I ever saw it. I was 10 and I know my Mom wouldn't let me go see it! But how fun to see all the movies and the stars so young in the final clip..loved it! I laughed about Ray Milland seeing through the dresses..he would have seen through the skin too! Did you see me in the clip handing the surgical tools? Wait, I would only have been 10..forget that! I asked Jack if he had ever seen this flick and he said yes and he also remembered Ray Milland in a movie called "The Thing with Two Heads". Mr. Milland was a good actor but I guess he had his share of weird parts! Cool post Tom!

    1. Well hello, dear YaYa! I'm delighted you discovered this post just in time. (It gets bumped off the front page tomorrow.) As I told other readers, I'm a little surprised that I was allowed to start going to see horror movies from the time I was age three. By the time X-Ray Eyes came out I was a seasoned horror buff who had watched hundreds of genre films.

      I suppose that nude dance scene in X-Ray Eyes makes sense in the context of the movie because Xavier's vision became more penetrating over time with repeated use of those eye drops. Early in the movie when he was on the dance floor and saw through women's dresses his eyes were not yet able to penetrate flesh. If it had been me using those magic drops I would have quit while I was ahead! I mean, who needs to see the whole universe when you have Venus dancing nekked right in front of you? :)

      I'm thrilled to know that Jack saw this movie and also remembers The Thing With Two Heads, winner of 50 Academy Awards including Best Picture! :) I saw it, too, and it was totally outrageous. The noggins of Ray Milland and football star Rosie Grier were grafted onto the same body. Who knows how they got either of those men to agree to make that movie? I appreciated Ray Milland's late career role in Love Story and, of course, the two movies for which he is best known are Dial M For Murder and The Lost Weekend in which he portrayed a recovering alcoholic on a 4-day drinking binge.

      Thanks for calling this post "cool," dear YaYa. Come to think of it, you're a pretty cool friend. Have a fabulous Sunday and give old Eddy a biscuit for me!


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