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A scientist finds a way of becoming invisible, but in doing so, he becomes murderously insane.


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Dr. Jack Griffin aka The Invisible Man
Flora Cranley
Dr. Arthur Kemp
Dr. Cranley
Jenny Hall
Herbert Hall
Chief of Police
Constable Jaffers
Chief Detective
Inspector Bird
Inspector Lane
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adair ...
Detective Thompson (uncredited)
Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Ted Billings ...
Villager Playing Darts (uncredited)
Bicycle Owner (uncredited)
Farmer (uncredited)
Mae Bruce ...
Mary Purdy (uncredited)
Rita Carlyle ...
Townswoman at Pub (uncredited)
Informer Suggesting Ink (uncredited)
Villager (uncredited)
Jack Deery ...
Officer in Charge of Barn Capture (uncredited)
Reporter (uncredited)
Screaming Woman (uncredited)
Bobbie Hale ...
Townsman at Pub (uncredited)
Constable (uncredited)
Townswoman at Pub (uncredited)
Woman (uncredited)
Doctor (uncredited)
Constable (uncredited)
Newsboy (uncredited)
Cop (uncredited)
Constable (uncredited)
Party Guest (uncredited)
Detective Hogan (uncredited)
Official (uncredited)
Old Farmer with Barn (uncredited)
Orphanage Worker (uncredited)
Emma Tansey ...
Old Woman Listening to Radio (uncredited)
Hospital Doctor (uncredited)
2nd Man Calling Police ('Frost') (uncredited)
Bert Young ...
Railroad Switchman (uncredited)

Directed by

James Whale

Written by

H.G. Wells ... (novel)
R.C. Sherriff ... (screenplay)
Preston Sturges ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)
Philip Wylie ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

Carl Laemmle Jr. ... producer

Music by

Heinz Roemheld ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

Arthur Edeson ... (camera)

Editing by

Ted J. Kent ... film editor (as Ted Kent)

Editorial Department

Greg Rodin ... 4K Digital Restoration: Universal Studios
Maurice Pivar ... editorial supervisor (uncredited)

Art Direction by

Charles D. Hall

Makeup Department

Jack P. Pierce ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Joseph A. McDonough ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

Wally Kirkpatrick ... chief props (uncredited)

Sound Department

William Hedgcock ... sound recording engineer (uncredited)
John Kemp ... assistant recording engineer (uncredited)
Gilbert Kurland ... sound supervisor (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

John P. Fulton ... special effects
Cleo E. Baker ... miniatures (uncredited)
Bill Heckler ... photographic effects assistant (uncredited)
Roswell A. Hoffmann ... optical cinematography (uncredited)
John J. Mescall ... miniature photographer (uncredited)
Frank D. Williams ... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Peter Abriss ... chief grip (uncredited)
Jack Eagan ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Arthur Edeson ... camera operator (uncredited)
Roman Freulich ... still photographer (uncredited)
King D. Gray ... camera operator (uncredited)
John J. Mescall ... director of photography: additional photography (uncredited)
Fred Stoll ... grip (uncredited)

Music Department

W. Franke Harling ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Gilbert Kurland ... music supervisor (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld ... conductor (uncredited)
William Schiller ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Additional Crew

Carl Laemmle ... presenter / president: Universal Pictures Corp.
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Plot Summary

A mysterious man, whose head is completely covered in bandages, wants a room. The proprietors of the pub aren't used to making their house an inn during the winter months, but the man insists. They soon come to regret their decision. The man quickly runs out of money, and he has a violent temper besides. Worse still, he seems to be some kind of chemist and has filled his room with messy chemicals, test tubes, beakers and the like. When they try to throw him out, they make a ghastly discovery. Meanwhile, Flora Cranley appeals to her father to do something about the mysterious disappearance of Dr. Griffin, his assistant and her sweetheart. Her father's other assistant, the cowardly Dr. Kemp, is no help. He wants her for himself. Little does Flora guess that the wild tales, from newspapers and radio broadcasts, of an invisible homicidal maniac are stories of Dr. Griffin himself, who has discovered the secret of invisibility and gone mad in the process. Written by J. Spurlin

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Taglines Catch me if you can! See more »
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Also Known As
  • L'Homme invisible (France)
  • Der Unsichtbare (Germany)
  • El hombre invisible (Spain)
  • 透明人間(1933) (Japan, Japanese title)
  • Näkymätön mies (Finland)
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  • 71 min
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Budget $328,033 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia The first time Claude Rains' daughter ever saw her father in a movie was in 1950, when he took her to a showing of 'The Invisible Man' in a small Pennsylvanian theater. While the film was playing, Rains was telling his daughter all about how it was made. The other theater patrons stopped watching the movie and instead listened to Rains' anecdotes. See more »
Goofs Though the music at the pub comes from a coin-operated player piano, it, along with everyone talking in the pub, stops short at the startling arrival of the Invisible Man. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942). See more »
Soundtracks La Rosita See more »
Crazy Credits The opening credits appear out of thin air. See more »
Quotes The Invisible Man: We'll begin with a reign of terror, a few murders here and there, murders of great men, murders of little men - well, just to show we make no distinction. I might even wreck a train or two... just these fingers around a signalman's throat, that's all.
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