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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 »
Catch me if you can! See more »
A scientist finds a way of becoming invisible, but in doing so, he becomes murderously insane. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Film Still Holds Up, Is Fun Except For Shrieker See more (152 total) »


  (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  (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.
Crew verified as complete

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71 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)
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) | USA:Approved (certificate not issued at release) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

On the DVD short documentary, Claude Rains' daughter tells of a time when the two went to see this movie in the theater years after it was made. It was bitterly cold and his face was completely covered by a hat and scarf. When he spoke to ask for the tickets, the attendant immediately recognized his voice and wanted to let them in for free. Rains was quite upset at this and demanded that he pay full price.See more »
Revealing mistakes: One of the tricks used to suggest Griffin's invisibility was the simple use of black cloth to hide his exposed flesh. This is particularly evident when Mrs. Hall barges in on the Invisible Man while he's eating. The black cloths covering the lower part of his face and his wrists as he holds the serviette up are clearly visible.See more »
[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 Igor (2008)See more »
Here We Go Gathering Nuts in MaySee more »


What is the music playing on Kemp's radio?
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41 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Film Still Holds Up, Is Fun Except For Shrieker, 10 October 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

This was great the first time I watched it, but slowly declined with multiple viewings over the years.

Why I slowly lost interest in this, I'm not sure, except for perhaps the incredibly annoying hysterical woman character played by Una O'Connor. Her constant screaming and shrieking took away my enjoyment of this film.

This was Claude Rains' first starring role and he did a fine job, even though you never see his face until the final minutes. His voice was good and his character interesting as he slowly went insane. He had this silly, sadistic laugh as he'd kill people. That's one thing that made this movie a bit different. When I watched this on DVD after a long absence, I was shocked to re-discover how violent Rains' character was in this film.

Even though the film is almost 75 years old, it's still fairly entertaining and not dated as much as you might expect. It also brings out a few interesting dilemmas that an invisible human being would have trying to stay undetected.

By the way, I still think this should be classified "science fiction," not horror.

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