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Invisible Ghost (1941)

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The town's leading citizen becomes a homicidal maniac after his wife deserts him.



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Complete credited cast:
Mr. Kessler
Polly Ann Young ...
John McGuire ...
Ralph / Paul
Terry Walker ...
Mrs. Kessler
Ernie Adams ...
George Pembroke ...
Ottola Nesmith ...
Mrs. Mason (as Ollola Nesmith)
Fred Kelsey ...


The town's leading citizen becomes a homicidal maniac after his wife deserts him.

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First of nine films made by Bela Lugosi under his contract with Sam Katzman for Monogram Pictures. See more »


Camera shadow on wall at approximately 36.55, as camera pans from one room to the next. See more »


Evans the Butler: [to Cecile] If it's exercise you want, you can get plenty of that in the kitchen.
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Piffle, To Be Sure, But Entertaining Piffle, At Least
7 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Boy, this is one weird little movie! Bela Lugosi's first of nine films for Monogram Pictures, "Invisible Ghost" (1941) tells the story of Mr. Kessler (Lugosi), whose wife had run away some years before and been injured in a car wreck with another man. What Bela does not know is that his wife is still alive, in a semicomatose state, and being cared for by his gardener in a nearby barn. Unfortunately, whenever Mrs. K takes one of her nocturnal somnambulent strolls and Bela catches a glimpse of her, he becomes a mesmerized maniac and kills off another of his household... Anyway, this Bela outing, while perhaps not quite as much fun as another of his pictures that I saw recently, 1942's "The Corpse Vanishes," is still far, far superior to the surreally stinky "Scared to Death" (1947). It is interestingly shot and features some stylish direction by Joseph H. Lewis, who would go on to helm such cult classics as "Gun Crazy" (1949) and "The Big Combo" (1955). The film moves along quite briskly and manages to pack quite a bit into its brief 64-minute running time. And I like the fact that Bela's butler, as played by Clarence Muse, is devoid of the embarrassing black-stereotype behavior so often encountered in films of that era; indeed, he might be the most dignified character in the entire film. I also like the fact that, unlike so many other Bela films, this one is not presented on yet another awful-looking/sounding DVD from Alpha Video, but rather given a nice, clean treatment from the fine folks at the Roan Group. The bottom line, I suppose, is that "Invisible Ghost" is piffle, but still an engaging and entertaining time killer.

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