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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 »

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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Margaret Sullavan, who owed Universal one picture on an old contract, was originally assigned the starring role. With more attractive roles being floated her way, she balked at appearing in the film, feeling it was beneath her. When she failed to appear for the rehearsals, the studio slapped her with a restraining order preventing her from working anywhere. Eventually she agreed to fulfill her contract by appearing in Back Street (1941) and Virginia Bruce stepped into the role. See more »

Goofs

When the butler trips down the stairs he throws the tray twice. 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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Followed by The Invisible Man's Revenge (1944) See more »

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Barrymore meets Bruce
17 November 2006 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

Agreeably played for low farce by a most accomplished cast led by those supreme farceurs Charlie Ruggles (who has all the best lines) and John Barrymore (who just manages to snare all the best "business" from Ruggles—who gives him a great run for his money), The Invisible Woman is smoothly directed with lots of great visual effects for those who dote on this sort of thing. Adding to the fun, Charles Lane has a colorful role which he makes the most of, but Maria Montez is along purely for decorative value as part of an eye-appealingly feminine crowd and doesn't have a single line, alas. Not one! It's the lovely Virginia Bruce who makes all the running, while John Howard stands on the sidelines, looking nice and stylish as the straight man. Comic gangster Oscar Homolka and other players do a few turns with three stooges (Shemp Howard, Ed Brophy and Donald MacBride), but the film's funniest scenes occur in the middle section of the movie when the invisible Virgina tangles with the irascible Lane.


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