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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:
Visibly stunning!!! 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 ... 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:
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 »
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 The Perfect Scary Movie (2005) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
La RositaSee more »

FAQ

What is the music playing on Kemp's radio?
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31 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Visibly stunning!!!, 5 October 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

James Whale is, for good reason, most famous for his Frankenstein films. However, better than both (albeit marginally) is this film - The Invisible Man. When I first saw this, I couldn't believe that it's over seventy years old and upon a second viewing; the film just gets better and better. Considering the time in which it was made, The Invisible Man is one of the most amazing films of all time. The special effects are what really make the film. CGI has pretty much spoilt this sort of reaction to a movie. The Invisible Man really has that 'how did they do it?' feel, which movie audiences of yesteryear so often enjoyed, and it's done such a good job with it that I'm still wondering today. The plot gives way to lots of trickery and visual magic as it follows a mad scientist who has turned himself invisible. However, things aren't so simple because one of the drugs he used has properties that can turn a man insane; and this side of the drug has had a huge effect on our man. Believing he can take over the world, he recruits the help of one of his fellow scientists and sets about a reign of invisible terror.

You would think that it would be hard to convince an audience that one of your characters is invisible; but Whale makes it look easy! Claude Rains spends much of the film either under the cover of bandages or not even in it, but it doesn't matter because it's not him but his voice that makes the performance. The fiendishness of his voice is compelling and pure evil, and I don't believe that there is a better man in existence for this role. There isn't a lot of physical acting for him to do, but this is made up for with a dazzling array of special effects. We get to see a shirt move on it's own, things fly around rooms and havoc is caused. It really shows Whale's genius to pull this off. Whale is best known as a horror director, but it's obvious that he has a great respect for comedy also as his Frankenstein films were very tongue-in-cheek, and so is this film. The scenes that see the invisible man causing mayhem are hilarious, and will delight anyone who sees the film. Whale's ability to entertain is absolute, and that is why the films he made for the studio were always the biggest successes. The Invisible Man is one of the greatest achievements in cinema history, and anyone who tells you otherwise is wrong!

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