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

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Professor Gibbs
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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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Margaret Sullavan, who owed Universal one picture on an old contract, was originally assigned the starring role. With more attractive roles being floated her way, she balked at appearing in the film, feeling it was beneath her. When she failed to appear for the rehearsals, the studio slapped her with a restraining order preventing her from working anywhere. Eventually she agreed to fulfill her contract by appearing in Back Street (1941) and Virginia Bruce stepped into the role. See more »

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At the lodge, the invisible Kitty puts on stockings so Dick can "see" her but moments later when she faints she's completely undressed again. 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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Wonderful comedy with an excellent cast.
17 September 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is a winner all the way. Mad Scientist Barrymore with Margaret Hamilton as his housekeeper invents an invisibility formula for his patron. When a model, Virginia Bruce, gets a hold of it, all havoc breaks loose, from revenge on her tyrannical boss, Charles Lane, to Oskar Homolka and Shemp Howard, two villains trying to steal the formula for themselves. Charles Ruggles also provides hilarity as the butler/chauffer.


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