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The Body Disappears (1941)

Comedy about an invisible man.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Professor Shotesbury
George Appleby
Christine Lunceford
Robert Struck
Jimmie Barbour
Dean Claxton (as Ivan Simpson)
Bill (as Michael Ames)
Terrence Abbott (as DeWolf Hopper)
Mrs. Lunceford
Professor Moggs
Barrett (as Sidney Bracy)
Inspector Deming


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!


Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi





Release Date:

6 December 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Black Widow  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Christine faints in the doorway of her bedroom, a hand can be seen briefly appearing behind her to catch her as she falls. See more »


[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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Some Laughs Remain
12 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

This frantic Warner 'B' comedy about how millionaire Jeffrey Lynne copes with being invisible succeeds, in large part, because of the great, great comedy chops of Everett Horton, who takes over the movie as the mad scientist who turns him invisible. Well, he's not mad, actually. He is, in fact, quite amiable, so amiable that he allows his colleagues to send him to an insane asylum after a lovely variation on the "Mayhem in the Classroom" vaudeville sketch.

Jane Wyman is also on hand doing her wide-eyed comedy gal, and Willie Best does a decent turn for the era. The cast is filled out by the usual competent Warners B cast of the the era.

Jeffrey Lynne, as the lead, is given very little do do and his plot is disposed of efficiently. This pretty much describes Mr. Lynne's career. But this comedy remains with some reasonable pleasures in it.

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