X (1963)

USA, 1963
35mm film, “in Pathécolor”
mono, English

An American science fiction film directed by Roger Corman. Production began on 4 March 1963.

Plot Summary

Scientist Dr James Xavier invents a drug that allows him to see beyond the normal range of human sight and eventually leads to him being able to see through objects. But as he takes more and more of the drub and he begins to see through the barriers of reality itself, Xavier starts to lose his grip on his sanity…


* = uncredited

Directed by: Roger Corman
© MCMLXIII [1963] by Alta Vista Productions
An American International picture. James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff present
Executive Producers: James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff
Produced by: Roger Corman
Associate Producer: Bartlett A. Carré
Production Manager: Robert Agnew
Screenplay by: Robert Dillon and Ray Russell
Story by: Ray Russell
Assistant Director: Jack Bohrer
Photographed by: Floyd Crosby
Film Editor: Anthony Carras
Music by: Les Baxter
Music Coordinator: Al Simms
Music Editor: Eve Newman
Sound: John Bury
Sound Editor: Al Bird
Costumes by: Marjorie Corso
Hospital Uniforms by: Martin Murray
Makeup: Ted Coodley
Hairdresser: Betty Pedretti *
Special Effects: Butler-Glouner, Inc.
Special Photographic Effects Filmed in: Spectorama
Consultant: John Howard
Production Design and Art Direction: Daniel Haller
Set Decorator: Harry Reif
Properties: Karl Brainard
Construction Coordinator: Ross Hahn
Production Assistant: Jack Cash

Ray Milland (Dr James Xavier)
Diana van der Vlis (Dr Diane Fairfax)
Harold J. Stone (Dr Sam Brant)
John Hoyt (Dr Willard Benson)
Don Rickles (Crane)
Morris Ankrum [Mr Bowhead] *
Lorrie Summers [party blonde] *
Dick Miller [John Trask] *
John Dierkes [preacher] *
Kathryn Hart [Mrs Mart] *
Jonathan Haze [heckler] *
Vicki Lee [young patient] *
Barboura Morris [nurse] *

Alternative Titles

El hombre con rayos X en los ojos – Spain
El hombre con visión de rayos X – Venezuela
The Man With X-Ray Eyes
Der Mann mit den Röntgenaugen
– Germany
Röntgenkatsemies – Finland
L’uomo dagli occhi a raggi X – Italy
X – The Man With X-Ray Eyes



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