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The Body Disappears (1941)

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Comedy about an invisible man.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Lynn ...
Peter De Haven III
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Joan Shotesbury
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Prof. Reginald X. Shotesbury
Herbert Anderson ...
George Worthington 'Doc' Appleby
Marguerite Chapman ...
Christine 'Chris' Lunceford
Craig Stevens ...
Robert Struck
David Bruce ...
James 'Jimmie' Barbour
Willie Best ...
William 'Willie'
Ivan F. Simpson ...
Dean Claxton (as Ivan Simpson)
Tod Andrews ...
Bill (as Michael Ames)
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Terrence Abbott (as DeWolf Hopper)
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Mrs. Lunceford
Charles Halton ...
Prof. Moggs
Sidney Bracey ...
Barrett - Lunceford's Butler (as Sidney Bracy)
Wade Boteler ...
Inspector Deming
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Wealthy scion Peter DeHaven, about to marry socialite Christine Lunceford, wakes up after bachelor party revelry to find he's been turned invisible by eccentric college professor Reginald Shotesbury. An unbelievable series of events is revealed by several witnesses testifying in a "mystery trial" to determine the reason for DeHaven's "disappearance". Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Now you see him . . . now you don't!


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6 December 1941 (USA)  »

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[Needing a corpse for his boss's life-restoring experiments, William checks the morgue for a suitable body]
William: This one's got a lily in his hands. He may be dead, but he's neat about it.
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Now You See Jeffrey Lynn, Now He's......
10 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Due to a prank at his bachelor party, Jeffrey Lynn, who is a rich guy known in the society circle and who passed out drunk, gets put in the college science lab/morgue by his friends! When scientist, teacher, and eccentric Edward Everett Horton needs a body for experiments, he and assistant Willie Best takes Jeffrey Lynn's body. Jane Wyman is Horton's daughter who knows of Lynn and meets him, kind of. The side effect of the serum to bring Jeffrey back to life is that he disappears. And, the plot and the laughs take it from there. Miss Wyman and Jeffrey Lynn are fun in their roles and are very easy on the eyes, but this film really belongs to Mr. Horton and Willie Best who are great in their over-the-top portrayals. Despite the fact blacks were at times reduced to being afraid of ghosts, etc. and made fun of during this era in films, Willie Best is just great and you don't really feel at all that he is the butt of any meanness towards him. If anything, he is laughing along with everyone else. And, Mr. Horton seems to be enjoying himself very much in this madcap story which of course defies believability. It's a nice change to see him shine without the presence of Fred and Ginger. And another thing, Jeffrey's clothes don't disappear, so that means in order that no one sees clothes walking around by themselves that Jeffrey Lynn is, well,.... With a crazy ending and last scene, this is one invisible man you just have to see for yourself.


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