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The Invisible Woman (1940)

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An attractive model with an ulterior motive volunteers as guinea pig for an invisibility machine.

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Richard Russell
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George (as Charlie Ruggles)
Oskar Homolka ...
Blackie
Edward Brophy ...
Bill
Donald MacBride ...
Foghorn
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Mrs. Jackson
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Anne Nagel ...
Jean
Kathryn Adams ...
Peggy
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Marie
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Growley
Mary Gordon ...
Mrs. Bates
Thurston Hall ...
Hudson
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Storyline

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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The YEAR'S FUNNIEST FUN! (original print ad - mostly caps) See more »

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Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi

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27 December 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La mujer invisible  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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Trivia

In March 1941, Universal Pictures was distributing this film on a double bill with Trail of the Vigilantes (1940). See more »

Goofs

Virginia Bruce was dressed in black velvet and shot against a black background as part of the special-effects process of making her appear invisible. When the Invisible Woman is undressing in front of a startled Mr. Growley, her black velvet-clad arms are visible whenever they cross in front of her legs or torso. See more »

Quotes

[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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Barrymore meets Bruce
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Agreeably played for low farce by a most accomplished cast led by those supreme farceurs Charlie Ruggles (who has all the best lines) and John Barrymore (who just manages to snare all the best "business" from Ruggles—who gives him a great run for his money), The Invisible Woman is smoothly directed with lots of great visual effects for those who dote on this sort of thing. Adding to the fun, Charles Lane has a colorful role which he makes the most of, but Maria Montez is along purely for decorative value as part of an eye-appealingly feminine crowd and doesn't have a single line, alas. Not one! It's the lovely Virginia Bruce who makes all the running, while John Howard stands on the sidelines, looking nice and stylish as the straight man. Comic gangster Oscar Homolka and other players do a few turns with three stooges (Shemp Howard, Ed Brophy and Donald MacBride), but the film's funniest scenes occur in the middle section of the movie when the invisible Virgina tangles with the irascible Lane.


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