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The Invisible Man Returns (1940)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Horror, Mystery  |  12 January 1940 (USA)
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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)
Nan Grey ...
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Doctor Frank Griffin
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Willie Spears
Forrester Harvey ...
Ben Jenkins


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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12 January 1940 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)



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1.37 : 1
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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 »


(at around 1 min) As the doctor prepares to enter a small room where lab animals are kept, through the window of the door can be seen the moving shadow of a man. See more »


[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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He becomes invisible to fight a bad rap.
7 September 2001 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

This is a very watchable sequel seven years after the original. This version is less dark and dreary and even contains a little comedy. Vincent Price plays Geoffrey Radcliffe, wrongly convicted of murder and makes use of invisibility to find the real murderer of his brother. This is Price's fifth movie early in his career. His face is seen very little in this sci-fi drama, but his distinct and haunting voice will prove to help him gain stardom.

A very good supporting cast includes: the legendary Cedric Hardwicke, Cecil Kellaway and Nan Grey. Miss Grey is the stunning love interest. Kellaway usually plays a light comedic role, but this time he plays the part of a Scotland Yard inspector. Hardwicke is more or less that character you can't seem to put your full trust in. In other minor roles are John Sutton, Leyland Hodgson and Ivan Simpson.

The special effects help this oldie keep its charm. My favorite scene is still when Grey faints after Price unravels his bandages. Still a hoot to watch.

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