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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 »
User Reviews:
Transparency is not all that bad, is it? See more (147 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 ... Villager 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:
When screenwriter R.C. Sherriff came to Hollywood to write The Invisible Man (1933), he asked the staff at Universal for a copy of the H.G. Wells novel he was supposed to be adapting. They didn't have one; all they had were 14 "treatments" done by previous writers on the project, including one set in Czarist Russia and one set on Mars. Sherriff eventually found a copy of the novel in a secondhand bookstore, read it, thought it would make an excellent picture as it stood, and wrote a script that (unlike the Universal versions of Dracula (1931) and Frankenstein (1931)) was a closer adaptation of the book.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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FAQ

What is the music playing on Kemp's radio?
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31 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Transparency is not all that bad, is it?, 8 September 2001
Author: Michael O'Keefe from Muskogee OK

Talented direction from James Whale. Mildly chilling tale based on the imagination of H.G. Wells. Introduction to a versatile star, Claude Rains. Short movie in length, but the mixture of thrills, chills and humor help make this a real classic. The special effects of the 30's seem so unsophisticated, but very enjoyable to this day. Rain's starring debut is 99.98 percent vocal and very memorable. The changes in his voice from glee to madness gives certain character to his invisible role.

A brilliant chemist/scientist(Rains) discovers how to make himself invisible. He wrecks havoc in a small British country village as pranks turn to murder. Memorable are the scenes of the invisible man smoking and riding a bicycle; and of course unwrapping.

Also in the cast are:William Harrigan, Gloria Stuart, E.E. Clive and Una O'Connor. At a certain point you wish that O'Connor's funny, but obnoxious character was shorter lived. Dated or not, this is a classic that still demands watching. Creepy and fun for all.

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