Most Dangerous Man Alive (1961)

Article #976 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 11-16-2003
Posting Date: 4-14-2004
Directed by Allan Dwan
Featuring Ron Randell, Debra Paget, Elaine Stewart

A gangster framed for murder escapes from the police, and ends up on the site of an explosion of a new nuclear bomb. As a result his body combines with steel to make him unkillable, and he seeks out the men who framed him.

Save for the method by which the gangster becomes indestructible, the above plot description bears a strong similarity to the Lon Chaney Jr. vehicle, THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN. Ultimately, I think this one is somewhat more effective; the characters are better developed, it’s certainly better directed, and it’s better thought out and more realistic than the earlier movie. It does have a few problems, mostly because it’s pace is rather sluggish at times, but I found it a lot easier to feel for the characters in this one; despite his determined focus on revenge, I did feel enough sympathy for Ron Randell’s character that the ending is a little sadder than it would have otherwise been. It’s also fun to see Morris Ankrum again (not as a general, but a cop), and Gregg (FROM HELL IT CAME, THE CREATURE WALKS AMONG US) Palmer is also on hand.

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