An ex-con who wants to go straight has difficulties trying to reintegrate into society while on parole.An ex-con who wants to go straight has difficulties trying to reintegrate into society while on parole.An ex-con who wants to go straight has difficulties trying to reintegrate into society while on parole.
"Invisible Stripes" stars George Raft, Humphrey Bogart, William Holden, and Jane Bryan.
George Raft plays Cliff Taylor who, once released from prison, decides to stay on the straight and narrow. His pal, Chuck Martin (Bogart) has no such intentions. Cliff, who has a brother (Holden) and a mother (Fay Robson) finds the going tough, unable to get a job he can keep for various reasons, usually someone making trouble for him. His kindly parole officer encourages him to keep trying. With his brother Tim wanting to marry his girlfriend Peggy, and the job situation, Cliff decides to go in with Chuck's group.
Pretty good gangster flick, with Bogart, not long before his breakout role in High Sierra, giving the strongest performance. Raft is playing a good guy so he doesn't demonstrate a lot of bite. The film has some exciting scenes, particularly toward the end.
Holden, as stated above, is just a kid but does a good job as a man in love who wants to give his girlfriend the world, if only he had some money. It would be 11 years before he made his mark in "Sunset Boulevard" and became a true superstar.
As an aside, Jane Bryan retired to marry Justin Dart, who took over Rexall Drug chain. She died in 2009 at the age of 91.
In many ways a typical Warner Brothers gangster film, but a good one.
- Apr 18, 2012