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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.

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Richard Russell
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George (as Charlie Ruggles)
Oskar Homolka ...
Blackie (as Oscar Homolka)
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)  »

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La mujer invisible  »

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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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When the butler trips down the stairs he throws the tray twice. 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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Followed by The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) See more »

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The Horror in This One Is........Invisible
23 December 2001 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

Universal film billed as a part of its Invisible Man series has little except the title to do with that film and The Invisible Man Returns. This film is a comedy all the way with Virginia Bruce playing a woman who volunteers to be invisible for scientist John Barrymore so he can let his money man John Howard patent the product and become wealthy again after years of womanizing and eventual bankruptcy. Very light fare here, but in the typical Universal way very entertaining. John Barrymore gives a good performance as a very thick slice of ham. At one point, he is talking to a mouse like an overbearing Shakespearean stage trouper. Barrymore also has some wonderful verbal assaults with his house maid, played by Margaret Hamilton from The Wizard of Oz fame, and Charlie Ruggles, who does an outstanding job as a butler lacking courage. Much of the film is silly patter with Bruce exacting revenge on her mean boss played with the usual flair that only Charles Lane can create. Decidedly a notch below the first two installments of The Invisible Man series and The Invisible Agent, but the film was fun nonetheless. Where else can you see such a great cast with Barrymore, Lane, Ruggles, Hamilton, Bruce, and even Oskar Homolka(very interesting seeing him young!) and even Shemp Howard! The best part for me was watching Barrymore try to convince Bruce about the negative effects of drinking, even at one point saying, "dissipate and disappear!" What an actor!


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