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Invisible Stripes (1939)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 30 December 1939 (USA)
An ex-con who wants to go straight has difficulties trying to reintegrate into society while on parole.

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Warren Duff (screen play), Jonathan Finn (from a story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Raft ... Cliff Taylor
Jane Bryan ... Peggy
William Holden ... Tim Taylor
Humphrey Bogart ... Chuck Martin
Flora Robson ... Mrs. Taylor
Paul Kelly ... Ed Kruger
Lee Patrick ... Molly
Henry O'Neill ... Parole Officer Masters
Frankie Thomas ... Tommy
Moroni Olsen ... The Warden
Margot Stevenson ... Sue
Marc Lawrence ... Lefty
Joe Downing Joe Downing ... Johnny (as Joseph Downing)
Leo Gorcey ... Jimmy
William Haade ... Shrank
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Storyline

Cliff and Chuck leave prison together. Cliff tries the straight life but falls back into crime with Chuck and his gang. When he makes enough to enable his brother Tim to buy a garage and marry his sweetheart, Cliff quits crime again. But when he tries to help Chuck later on, he's implicated again. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Plot Keywords:

garage | prison | parole | police | toolbox | See All (54) »

Taglines:

Three Men and a Girl... Bound by Invisible Ties - Branded by Invisible Stripes

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 December 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hombres marcados See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$114,000, 24 February 1940
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to William Holden, during the fight scene between the brothers, Holden accidentally hit George Raft in the eye with his head and opened a gash. See more »

Goofs

When Tim is wheeling his motorcycle into the back of the garage after taking Chuck to meet his girlfriend, shadows of the police waiting inside are visible on the garage door, ruining the surprise that they are laying in wait for him. See more »

Quotes

Cliff Taylor: I'd rather see you with a hole in your head than in the pen.
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Connections

References You Can't Get Away with Murder (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

The Japanese Sandman
(1920) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
First tune played by the band at the dance
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Discriminated by the Society
30 April 2016 | by Claudio CarvalhoSee all my reviews

Cliff Taylor (George Raft) and his pal Chuck Martin (Humphrey Bogart) are released together from Sing Sing. Cliff wants to regenerate and have a straight life while Chuck has no intention of changing his lifestyle. Cliff wants to support his mother Mrs. Taylor (Flora Robson) and his younger son Tim Taylor (William Holden) that can not afford to get married with his girlfriend Peggy (Jane Bryan). However he is discriminated by the society and has difficulties to get a job. When he sees Tim thinking to switch to a life if crime, Cliff seeks out Chuck and decides to join his gang to heist banks and make money to buy a garage for Tim. What will happen to the Taylor brothers?

"Invisible Stripes" is an entertaining gangster film with the story of an ex-con that wants to go straight during his parole but is discriminated by the society, returning to the crime. The fate of Cliff Taylor is predictable. The greatest attractions are probably William Holden very young is his second credited role and Humphrey Bogart in a support role. My vote is seven.

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