Invisible Stripes (1939)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  30 December 1939 (USA)
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An ex-con who wants to go straight has difficulties trying to reintegrate into society while on parole.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Taylor
Chuck Martin
Mrs. Taylor
Paul Kelly ...
Ed Kruger
Lee Patrick ...
Henry O'Neill ...
Parole Officer Masters
Frankie Thomas ...
Moroni Olsen ...
The Warden
Margot Stevenson ...
Joe Downing ...
Johnny (as Joseph Downing)
William Haade ...


Cliff and Chuck leave prison together. Cliff tries the straight life but falls back into crime with Chuck and his gang. When he makes enough to enable his brother Tim to buy a garage and marry his sweetheart, Cliff quits crime again. But when he tries to help Chuck later on, he's implicated again. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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Three Men and a Girl... Bound by Invisible Ties - Branded by Invisible Stripes


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Release Date:

30 December 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hombres marcados  »

Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


At one point in the film, George Raft meets Humphrey Bogart and Lee Patrick leaving a movie theatre; the film that's being shown, prominently advertised, is You Can't Get Away with Murder (1939) starring Bogart. See more »


When Tim is wheeling his motorcycle into the back of the garage after taking Chuck to meet his girlfriend, shadows of the police waiting inside are visible on the garage door, ruining the surprise that they are laying in wait for him. See more »


Old Peter: [to the new cons] The longer the term, the more good time they gotta give yuh.
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References You Can't Get Away with Murder (1939) See more »


The Japanese Sandman
(1920) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
First tune played by the band at the dance
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Bogie breathes life into this standard flick
12 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

George Raft gives a slightly more animated performance than usual, which means his face actually moves once or twice but his eyes are still empty and blank, his successful starring career has always been a mystery. He is supported by a much better cast than he, an unbelievably young William Holden does fine by his part but is still rather green. Flora Robson and Jane Bryan have thankless parts as the long suffering mother and girlfriend but do okay with them. The real standout is Bogart followed closely by Lee Patrick as his moll, they breath life into the picture whenever they are on screen. Bacon's direction is nothing special but he keeps things moving along at a good clip.

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