Long-time ally in arms John “Ryuusei” Cassidy pointed out the appearance of something awesome for all those old-school Toho sci-fi fans out there: A rare black-and-white print of the 1960 classic Secret of the Telegian, better known as Densou Ningen or “The Telegraphed Man”, is available for a free Public Domain download!
Secret of the Telegian revolves around a former Imperial Army soldier who uses a teleporation machine to enact his bloody vengeance on his fellow soldiers who left him for dead during World War II. Also appearing in this are the likes of Kouji Tsuruta, Akihiko Hirata, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Yumi Shirakawa, Sachio Sakai, and Hideyo “Eisei” Amamoto!
Now there are some unique things about this film. For starters, Secret of the Telegian marks the directorial debut of Jun Fukuda, best known as the director for several Showa Era Godzilla films. Also, this is one of earliest forays into science fiction by Toho without the appearance of giant monsters. Some have gone so far as to compare it to H-Man and The Human Vapor in terms of tone. However, what really takes the cake here is how for no reason, this film was released in the States in black and white. It’s shot in color, even has the TohoScope logo and everything…but it’s still in black and white. And ten minutes shorter. Weird, huh?
As I said before, this print of Secret of the Telegian falls into Public Domain so the whole thing is available and up for grabs at Archive.org. In the meantime, break out the popcorn!