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Invisible Stripes (1939)

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

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Peggy
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Tim Taylor
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Chuck Martin
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Mrs. Taylor
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Ed Kruger
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Molly
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Parole Officer Masters
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Tommy
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The Warden
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Jimmy
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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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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garage | prison | ex con | parole | police | See All (55) »

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

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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30 December 1939 (USA)  »

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Hombres marcados  »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Although Flora Robson played George Raft's mother, she was actually six years younger than he was. See more »

Goofs

When George Raft Goes into William Holden's room for a fight, he is wearing arm bands with his shirtsleeves pulled down over them. Then they disappear, and return in another shot in the same scene. See more »

Quotes

Cliff Taylor: I'd rather see you with a hole in your head than in the pen.
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References You Can't Get Away with Murder (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Wedding March
(1842) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played after the wedding
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William Holden at 22
18 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Somehow at the age of 22, William Holden looked like a better-looking Tom Hanks. And I'll bet there are a lot of people who could sit through "Invisible Stripes" and not know it was William Holden.

"Invisible Stripes" stars George Raft, Humphrey Bogart, William Holden, and Jane Bryan.

George Raft plays Cliff Taylor who, once released from prison, decides to stay on the straight and narrow. His pal, Chuck Martin (Bogart) has no such intentions. Cliff, who has a brother (Holden) and a mother (Fay Robson) finds the going tough, unable to get a job he can keep for various reasons, usually someone making trouble for him. His kindly parole officer encourages him to keep trying. With his brother Tim wanting to marry his girlfriend Peggy, and the job situation, Cliff decides to go in with Chuck's group.

Pretty good gangster flick, with Bogart, not long before his breakout role in High Sierra, giving the strongest performance. Raft is playing a good guy so he doesn't demonstrate a lot of bite. The film has some exciting scenes, particularly toward the end.

Holden, as stated above, is just a kid but does a good job as a man in love who wants to give his girlfriend the world, if only he had some money. It would be 11 years before he made his mark in "Sunset Boulevard" and became a true superstar.

As an aside, Jane Bryan retired to marry Justin Dart, who took over Rexall Drug chain. She died in 2009 at the age of 91.

In many ways a typical Warner Brothers gangster film, but a good one.


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