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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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Director:
Writers:
H.G. Wells (novel)
R.C. Sherriff (screenplay)
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Release Date:
13 November 1933 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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:
Classic horror See more (157 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 ... Detective 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)

Stuart Hall ... Constable (uncredited)
Tiny Jones ... Townswoman at Pub (uncredited)
Violet Kemble Cooper ... Woman (uncredited)

Crauford Kent ... Doctor (uncredited)
Paul Kruger ... Constable (uncredited)
John Merivale ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Monte Montague ... Cop (uncredited)
Jack Montgomery ... Constable (uncredited)
Charles Morton ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... Detective 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 (novel)

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
Cleo E. Baker .... miniatures (uncredited)
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:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #3131-R: 17 February 1937 for re-release) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
When screenwriter R.C. Sherriff came to Hollywood to write this film, 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 another 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 Universal's Dracula (1931) and Frankenstein (1931), was a closer adaptation of the book.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Griffin first visits Kemp, he locks the library door and puts the key in his pocket, but when Kemp leaves at the end of the scene, he easily opens the door which is now unlocked.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Gossip Girl: Pilot (#1.1)" (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
La RositaSee more »

FAQ

What is the music playing on Kemp's radio?
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23 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Classic horror, 18 December 2004
Author: perfectbond

I actually saw The Invisible Man (1933) shortly after I saw the James Whale bio-pic Gods and Monsters (1998), starring Ian MacKellan and Brendan Fraser. So it was with that image of the director in my head that I watched this film. Claude Rains (Casablanca) is perfectly cast as the mad scientist/invisible man. The remainder of the cast, though not really challenged much, are more than serviceable in what they are required to do. As has been mentioned by most of the other posters, the special effects hold up rather well even today. An amazing feat considering the film is over 70 years old! The DVD has several interesting documentaries / commentaries that made me appreciate not only this film's entertainment value but its historical significance as well.

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