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The Invisible Woman (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi | 27 December 1940 (USA)
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An attractive model with an ulterior motive volunteers as guinea pig for an invisibility machine.

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Curt Siodmak (original story) (as Kurt Siodmak), Joe May (original story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Virginia Bruce ... Kitty Carroll
John Barrymore ... Professor Gibbs
John Howard ... Richard Russell
Charles Ruggles ... George (as Charlie Ruggles)
Oskar Homolka ... Blackie Cole (as Oscar Homolka)
Edward Brophy ... Bill
Donald MacBride ... Foghorn
Margaret Hamilton ... Mrs. Jackson
Shemp Howard ... Frankie
Anne Nagel ... Jean
Kathryn Adams ... Peggy
Maria Montez ... Marie
Charles Lane ... Growley
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. Bates
Thurston Hall ... Hudson
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Storyline

Eccentric Professor Gibbs, brilliant but impractical, invents an invisibility machine and advertises for a guinea pig. What he gets is Kitty Carroll, an attractive, adventurous model, who thinks being invisible would help her settle a few scores. Complications arise when three comic gangsters steal the machine to use on their boss. But they fail to reckon with the Revenge of the Invisible Woman! Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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IT'S A Ghost-to-Ghost HOOK-UP! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La mujer invisible See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$269,062 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$659,600
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When Barrymore is sitting at his desk yelling "Housekeeper, Housekeeper" his lip movements do not match the soundtrack. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Attorney: Where is he? Where is he? Get up! Get up!
George: I am up. I was up. And I've been up all night. I would have stayed up if you hadn't knocked me down.
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Cooky Sci-Fi Romp which anticipates later B-Movie Genre
22 June 2004 | by zpzjonesSee all my reviews

This is the Great Profile's(John Barrymore's) next to penultimate film. It's an enjoyable romp through some sci-fi shenanigans. A wonderful cast co-stars & supports ie: Carol Bruce, Charlie Ruggles, Margaret Hamilton, Charles Lane, Oscar Homolka, Shemp Howard...S-H-E-M-P H-O-W-A-R-D! and even a young unknown Maria Montez before all of the 'Ali Baba' type technicolor spectaculars. You really have to look at the row of models at Carol's job to spot Maria. I really enjoyed this film. It's like the serious original with Claude Rains but albeit with comic twists thrown in. The whole family can go to the theater and have some laughs. The techniques for making Carol Bruce invisible are really well done here but it should have been expected as Universal made the classic original in 1933. Someone mentioned that this could be remade with Charlize Theron. I agree. And it could also be remade with Barrymore's own granddaughter Drew. This movie has a pretty good A list cast. Barrymore was still a name to reckon with. The flick IMHO sort of anticipates the B-movie cheese factor sci fi movies soon to come in the 50s & 60s and even kiddie Saturday morning 70s fair like the Sid & Marty Krofft's 'Dr Shrinker'.


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