Meet Mr. Penny (1938)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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In 1954 there was Godzilla, the lizard transformed by radiation, and in 1959, the British gave us Behemoth, the Sea Monster, Godzilla's Anglo, radiated cousin. Now there is the "man of steel" in this undistinguished, "B"-grade, sci-fi melodrama that was the last film directed by Allan Dwan. The unsuspecting Eddie Candell (Ron Randell) is on the lam from a crime he never committed when he is exposed to a dangerous, radioactive cobalt substance emanating from an atomic bomb test site in the desert. This exposure does not cause cancer or radiation sickness; it turns Eddie's epidermis into an iron-clad suit of armor that no bullet can penetrate. Thus protected, Eddie the human tank decides to wreak revenge on the villains who framed him for that crime. The only question is not whether he will rust, but whether this odd skin condition is as permanent as it seems.

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alcoholism, bad-guy-turns-good, gardener, homestead, neighbor, redemption, rescue, victory-garden