Episode 292 – X: the Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)

There’s a new superhero in town, the man they call “X”! He has the power to see through things! Clothing! Human skin! Manila file folders! And how does he use this power to fight crime, you ask? Uh . . . well, I guess he could see criminals naked and mock them about any body image problems they might have until they surrendered out of sheer embarrassment and shame. Wow . . . X is kind of a jerk. Lotta nerve calling himself a hero . . . except he doesn’t! That’s entirely on me! What a twist! No, this week’s entry in “Be Like the Cor-Man” does read somewhat like a superhero origin story, except that no one ever calls him “X” (the character’s name is Xavier. No, not “Professor” . . .) and he doesn’t try any super heroics, unless working in a carnival counts. I guess it could; that’s how Dick “Robin” Grayson got started, but anyway! This is considered one of the Cor-man’s better efforts; after all, it’s in color and it stars an Oscar-winning actor (Ray Milland) but how does it stack up against “Little Shop of Horrors”? Tune in and find out! Same Cor-time, same Cor-channel!

Poll question: What non-actor’s performance pleasantly surprised you?

2 thoughts on “Episode 292 – X: the Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)”

  1. I think I will have a small theme to my answer this week. The two non actors I thought of were also rock stars first. David Bowie is so perfect in the Man Who Fell to Earth and went on to prove he was good in any number of roles. This first role was one only he could pull off by giving the character a lot of depth where i think others might have been less subtle about it. The second is Bjork in Dancer in the Dark… OMG what a great performance! If you haven’t seen it, take your antidepressants beforehand and have a supportive friend on call to help yuo deal with the ending.

    1. Bjork is in a depressing movie? I’m shocked, shocked I tell you! Nice choice with the Bowie role! Everyone talks about “Labyrinth” but people tend to forget his remarkable performance in “The Man Who Fell to Earth.” Probably due to a lack of Muppets. Thanks, Walrus Walloper!

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