Danger!! Death Ray (1967)

Also known as Il Raggio Infernale (The Infernal Ray), Nest of Spies and Death Ray, this Italian espionage film was directed by Gianfranco Baldanello, who bounced around grenres, creating Spaghetti Westerns like Long Days of Hare and Colt in the Hand of the Devil, as well as the Bond-sounding Zorro movie Man with the Golden Winchester and the sex comedy Very Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind. He also wrote the giallo The Girl In Room 2A.

Professor Carmichael has invented a death ray for, you know, peaceful purposes. Tell that to the henchmen dressed as NATO soldiers who have kidnapped him and taken the weapon for their own use. Luckily, Agent Bart Fargo (Gordon Scott, who played Tarzan in six movies) skips out on his vacation and heads to Barcelona, where he wins hearts and minds for the cause.

If you see this in Spanish, Bart’s name is Jim Benson. In German, he’s Mike Morris. And in real life, Gordon Scott went broke and lived in one of his fan’s houses until he died in 2007.

You can watch this on Amazon Prime and Tubi, complete with riffing from Mystery Science Theater 3000. Trust me. You’re going to need it. This movie has vehicle effects that make Gamera movies look like 2020’s finest CGI.

 

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