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The Invisible Man (1933)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 13 November 1933 (USA)
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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 ... 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

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H.G. Wells' Fantastic Sensation See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Trivia

During the scenes with Una O'Connor, the hysterical pub landlady, James Whale struggled to control his own laughter, as he adored O' Connor's humor. See more »

Goofs

The pub in Iping has an American-style dartboard instead of the more elaborate British-style dartboard. 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 secure 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

Referenced in Wax Works (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Pop Goes the Weasel
(1853) (uncredited)
Music anonymous
Arranged by Charles Twiggs (1859)
Sung a cappella by Claude Rains
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What you really have to appreciate here is Rain's performance.
12 August 1999 | by Randolph-3See all my reviews

What you really have to appreciate here is Rain's performance in the title role. Using very little more than just his voice, Rains made this character completely believable, even as the character declined into a state of madness. The special effects may not be quite up to today's standards, but they still come off pretty well, which is remarkable given the amount of time that has passed. This is one of those films that could not be changed without diminishing it. It is a real must-see for anyone interested in either the horror or sci-fi genres.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Invisible Man See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,744
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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