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The Invisible Man (1933)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 13 November 1933 (USA)
A scientist finds a way of becoming invisible, but in doing so, he becomes murderously insane.

Director:

James Whale

Writers:

H.G. Wells (novel), R.C. Sherriff (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Claude Rains ... Dr. Jack Griffin aka The Invisible Man
Gloria Stuart ... Flora Cranley
William Harrigan ... Dr. Arthur Kemp
Henry Travers ... Dr. Cranley
Una O'Connor ... Jenny Hall
Forrester Harvey ... Herbert Hall
Holmes Herbert ... Chief of Police
E.E. Clive ... Constable Jaffers
Dudley Digges ... Chief Detective
Harry Stubbs Harry Stubbs ... Inspector Bird
Donald Stuart Donald Stuart ... Inspector Lane
Merle Tottenham ... Millie
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Storyline

Working in Dr. Cranley's laboratory, scientist Jack Griffin was always given the latitude to conduct some of his own experiments. His sudden departure, however, has Cranley's daughter Flora worried about him. Griffin has taken a room at the nearby Lion's Head Inn, hoping to reverse an experiment he conducted on himself that made him invisible. Unfortunately, the drug he used has also warped his mind, making him aggressive and dangerous. He's prepared to do whatever it takes to restore his appearance, and several will die in the process. Written by garykmcd / edited by statmanjeff

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

You'll hardly believe what your eyes won't see (Print Ad- Republican-Press, ((Salamanca , NY)) 10 January 1934) See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Unsichtbare See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Gloria Stuart didn't enjoy working opposite Claude Rains. During filming when they had scenes together, she claimed her leading man kept backing her into the scenery and hampering her chances to perform. James Whale had to keep everything on an even keel by reminding Claude Rains that he had to share scenes with his leading lady. See more »

Goofs

When the Invisible Man looks out of the bedroom window to see the approaching police as they surround the house, a pair of net-curtains appears on the window between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Man in Pub: Did you hear about Mrs. Mason's little Willy? Sent him to school and found him buried ten-foot deep in a snow drift.
Man in Pub # 2: How did they get him out?
Man in Pub: Brought the fire engine 'round, put the hose pipe in, pumped it backwards and sucked him out.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits appear out of thin air. See more »

Alternate Versions

When the film was released to home video, Universal Studios replaced a snippet of music heard on the radio when Dr. Kemp is reading a newspaper in his house, and the Invisible Man enters through a set of French doors. Universal was unable to secur the rights for the original music and replaced it, covering the original sound effects (the sound of the newspaper and the door latch) in the process. See more »

Connections

Follows Frankenstein (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Here We Go Gathering Nuts in May
(uncredited)
Traditional children's song
Sung a cappella by Claude Rains
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User Reviews

Classic Invisible Man.
13 November 2002 | by area01See all my reviews

Writing about 30's Black-And-White movies can be difficult, as they need to be considered in light of the era the films were made. You have to adopt the mind-set of some-one viewing it for the first time, without the baggage of umpteen remakes and special effects improvements, to remain objective. Here goes:

Claude Rains does a good job with a mainly "speaking" part - lots of emotion and command there. Una O'Connor as the Innkeepers wife does a bit too much shrieking for my liking - but required "reaction" acting fodder for the time, I assume.

The effects still hold up, and must have been cutting edge at the time. The storyline covers all the basics of the Wells Novel - a quest for knowledge and power, alienation and drug inducessed madness. It's an enjoyable watch with good pacing and steady performances throughout. A sort of lazy Sunday afternoon type of movie.

Universal's take on a British Pub raises a smile, with some fantastic looking weathered-faced locals populating the place. I love the way the gag with a local "fake-playing" a coin driven piano gets a roaring laugh (as if that's the first time the pub's drinkers have seen it). However, the British film-industry was putting out the same type of stereotypes, so Universal can be forgiven there.

A part of Sci-Fi/Horror movie making history, and worth watching for this fact alone.


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