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The Invisible Man -- Claude Rains stars in this thriller, based on H.G. Wells' novel, about a mysterious doctor who discovers a serum that makes him invisible and then slowly drives him to commit acts of terror.

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Release Date:
13 November 1933 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Catch me if you can! See more »
Plot:
A scientist finds a way of becoming invisible, but in doing so, he becomes murderously insane. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(159 articles)
"The Invisible Man" Movie
 (From SneakPeek. 23 April 2015, 5:56 PM, PDT)

Sony Planning An "Invisible Man" Remake?
 (From Dark Horizons. 23 April 2015, 4:49 AM, PDT)

H.G. Wells' Invisible Man Is Getting Another Movie
 (From Cinema Blend. 22 April 2015, 9:51 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Works Very Well See more (150 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Claude Rains ... Dr. Jack Griffin aka The Invisible Man

Gloria Stuart ... Flora Cranley
William Harrigan ... Dr. Arthur Kemp

Henry Travers ... Dr. Cranley

Una O'Connor ... Jenny Hall
Forrester Harvey ... Herbert Hall
Holmes Herbert ... Chief of Police
E.E. Clive ... Constable Jaffers
Dudley Digges ... Chief Detective
Harry Stubbs ... Inspector Bird
Donald Stuart ... Inspector Lane
Merle Tottenham ... Millie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adair ... Det. Thompson (uncredited)
Ted Billings ... Villager Playing Darts (uncredited)

Walter Brennan ... Bicycle Owner (uncredited)
Robert Brower ... Farmer (uncredited)

John Carradine ... Informer Suggesting Ink (uncredited)
D'Arcy Corrigan ... Villager (uncredited)

Dwight Frye ... Reporter (uncredited)
Mary Gordon ... Screaming Woman (uncredited)
Tiny Jones ... Townswoman at Pub (uncredited)
Violet Kemble Cooper ... Woman (uncredited)
Crauford Kent ... Doctor (uncredited)
John Merivale ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Monte Montague ... Cop (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... Det. Hogan (uncredited)
Jack Richardson ... Official (uncredited)
Tom Ricketts ... Old Farmer with Barn (uncredited)
Kathryn Sheldon ... Orphanage Worker (uncredited)
Emma Tansey ... Old Woman Listening to Radio (uncredited)
Jameson Thomas ... Hospital Doctor (uncredited)
Leo White ... Man Calling Police (uncredited)
Bert Young ... Railroad Switchman (uncredited)

Directed by
James Whale 
 
Writing credits
H.G. Wells  (as H.G. Wells' 'The Invisible Man')

R.C. Sherriff (screenplay)

Preston Sturges  contributing writer (uncredited)
Philip Wylie  uncredited

Produced by
Carl Laemmle Jr. .... producer
 
Original Music by
Heinz Roemheld (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Arthur Edeson (camera)
 
Film Editing by
Ted J. Kent (film editor) (as Ted Kent)
 
Art Direction by
Charles D. Hall 
 
Makeup Department
Jack P. Pierce .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph A. McDonough .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Wally Kirkpatrick .... chief props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
William Hedgcock .... sound recording engineer (uncredited)
John Kemp .... assistant recording engineer (uncredited)
Gilbert Kurland .... sound supervisor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special effects
Bill Heckler .... photographic effects assistant (uncredited)
Roswell A. Hoffmann .... optical cinematography (uncredited)
John J. Mescall .... miniature photographer (uncredited)
Frank D. Williams .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Abriss .... chief grip (uncredited)
Jack Eagan .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Arthur Edeson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Roman Freulich .... still photographer (uncredited)
King D. Gray .... camera operator (uncredited)
John J. Mescall .... director of photography: additional photography (uncredited)
Fred Stoll .... grip (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Maurice Pivar .... editorial supervisor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
W. Franke Harling .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Gilbert Kurland .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld .... conductor (uncredited)
William Schiller .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Carl Laemmle .... presenter
Carl Laemmle .... president: Universal Pictures Corp.
 
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Runtime:
71 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:M (DVD rating) | Australia:PG (original rating) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 | Portugal:M/12 | Spain:13 | UK:PG | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (PCA #3131-R: 17 February 1937 for re-release) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate not issued at release) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
In order to achieve the effect that Claude Rains wasn't there when his character took off the bandages, the director had Rains dressed completely in black velvet and filmed him in front of a black velvet background.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The pub in Iping has an American-style dartboard instead of the more elaborate British-style dartboard.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Man in Pub:Did you hear about Mrs. Mason's little Willy? Sent him to school and found him buried ten-foot deep in a snow drift.
Man in Pub # 2:How did they get him out?
Man in Pub:Brought the fire engine 'round, put the hose pipe in, pumped it backwards and sucked him out.
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Soundtrack:
Pop Goes the WeaselSee more »

FAQ

What is the music playing on Kemp's radio?
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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Works Very Well, 1 December 2004
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

This film version of the H.G. Wells science fiction classic works very well. It has a number of strengths, but it benefits most of all from James Whale's direction, creativity, and technical excellence. Both the flashier aspects of the movie (such as the "invisibility" effects) and also most of the basic elements are done with skill.

The story is for the most part based on the one main idea of "The Invisible Man" who combines his scientific genius with a generous supply of madness. The story is interesting enough in itself, and of course it provides all kinds of opportunities for visual tricks. Whale hits just the right balance in making good use of these opportunities without over-indulging himself.

The visual effects themselves are of excellent quality, and they are far better than all but the very best of the present-day computer imagery. While it is usually rather easy to spot which parts of a movie are computer-generated, Whale's effects are all but seamless, with the exception of a handful of brief moments. They are often quite impressive, without resorting to tired devices, such as explosions and the like, in order to impress those with shorter attention spans.

Claude Rains does quite well for having such limitations on what he could do. The rest of the cast is solid, if mostly unspectacular, letting the story do the work. Una O'Connor somewhat overdoes it with the screaming this time, but otherwise the characters are believable. The acting may seem slightly quaint to those who are accustomed to the pretentious styles of the present generation of performers, but it's certainly better than the grating, self-important performances in some of the recent movies of the same genre.

While the story does not have the thematic depth or the suggestive imagery of horror classics like "Frankenstein" or "Dracula", this adaptation gets everything it can out of the material, telling the story in an entertaining fashion and with technical skill.

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