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The Invisible Man Returns (1940)

Approved | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 12 January 1940 (USA)
The owner of a coal mining operation, falsely imprisoned for fratricide, takes a drug to make him invisible, despite its side effect: gradual madness.

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Richard Cobb (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
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Doctor Frank Griffin
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Storyline

Framed for the murder of his brother, Geoffrey Radcliffe is scheduled to hang. After a visit from his friend Dr. Frank Griffin, he vanishes mysteriously from prison. Police inspector Sampson realizes that Griffin is the brother of the original Invisible Man and has given Geoffrey the formula to aid his escape. Can Geoffrey elude the police dragnet and track down the real murderer? More importantly, can Griffin discover an antidote before the invisibility formula drives Geoffrey insane? Written by P. Silvestro

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They hear him! They feel him! But they can't stop him! See more »


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Trivia

Shooting lasted from October to December, 1939, released January 15, 1940. Vincent Price made this film right after James Whale's Green Hell (1940), which saw release one day before, on January 14. See more »

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In The Invisible Man the invisibility drug had to be taken repeatedly over several weeks to be effective. Here (and in the later film Invisible Agent) it works instantly after only one injection but it has been nine years since Jack Griffin's death and all the while his brother Frank has been working on trying to improve the formula. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mr. Cotton: I - I can't believe it's going to happen. Just two more hours, and they're going to kill him.
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Followed by The Invisible Man's Revenge (1944) See more »

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A worthy sequel to THE INVISIBLE MAN
2 October 2000 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

MORD39 RATING: ***(of ****)

THE INVISIBLE MAN RETURNS is a fine followup to 1933's THE INVISIBLE MAN. Vincent Price has one of his earliest horror roles as a wrongly convicted man made transparent and out on a mission to find the real culprit who murdered his brother and framed him.

Nan Grey has never looked prettier and lends nice support as the woman who loves Price. Cecil Kellaway is a treat as the suspicious police inspector, and Alan Napier is fun as a detestable villain who gets what he deserves.

While not as intense as the original, this film surely stands out as one of the finest sequels from Universal's golden age.


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