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The Invisible Woman (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi | 27 December 1940 (USA)
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An attractive model with an ulterior motive volunteers as guinea pig for an invisibility machine.


(original story) (as Kurt Siodmak), (original story) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Russell
George (as Charlie Ruggles)
Blackie (as Oscar Homolka)
Donald MacBride ...
Mrs. Jackson
Kathryn Adams ...
Mary Gordon ...
Mrs. Bates


Eccentric Professor Gibbs, brilliant but impractical, invents an invisibility machine and advertises for a guinea pig. What he gets is Kitty Carroll, an attractive, adventurous model, who thinks being invisible would help her settle a few scores. Complications arise when three comic gangsters steal the machine to use on their boss. But they fail to reckon with the Revenge of the Invisible Woman! Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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27 December 1940 (USA)  »

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La mujer invisible  »

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1.37 : 1
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The film stars John Howard and John Barrymore, who appeared together as Bulldog Drummond and Colonel Neilson in three Bulldog Drummond films, Bulldog Drummond Comes Back 1937, Bulldog Drummond's Revenge, and Bulldog Drummond In Peril, both 1938. See more »


When Kitty is invisible in front of Mr. Growley, her shadow can be seen on the wall. See more »


[first lines]
Attorney: Where is he? Where is he? Get up! Get up!
George: I am up. I was up. And I've been up all night. I would have stayed up if you hadn't knocked me down.
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Cooky Sci-Fi Romp which anticipates later B-Movie Genre
22 June 2004 | by (East Coast, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This is the Great Profile's(John Barrymore's) next to penultimate film. It's an enjoyable romp through some sci-fi shenanigans. A wonderful cast co-stars & supports ie: Carol Bruce, Charlie Ruggles, Margaret Hamilton, Charles Lane, Oscar Homolka, Shemp Howard...S-H-E-M-P H-O-W-A-R-D! and even a young unknown Maria Montez before all of the 'Ali Baba' type technicolor spectaculars. You really have to look at the row of models at Carol's job to spot Maria. I really enjoyed this film. It's like the serious original with Claude Rains but albeit with comic twists thrown in. The whole family can go to the theater and have some laughs. The techniques for making Carol Bruce invisible are really well done here but it should have been expected as Universal made the classic original in 1933. Someone mentioned that this could be remade with Charlize Theron. I agree. And it could also be remade with Barrymore's own granddaughter Drew. This movie has a pretty good A list cast. Barrymore was still a name to reckon with. The flick IMHO sort of anticipates the B-movie cheese factor sci fi movies soon to come in the 50s & 60s and even kiddie Saturday morning 70s fair like the Sid & Marty Krofft's 'Dr Shrinker'.

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