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The Body Disappears (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi | 6 December 1941 (USA)
Comedy about an invisible man.

Director:

D. Ross Lederman

Writers:

Scott Darling (original screenplay), Erna Lazarus (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Lynn ... Peter DeHaven
Jane Wyman ... Joan Shotesbury
Edward Everett Horton ... Professor Shotesbury
Herbert Anderson ... George Appleby
Marguerite Chapman ... Christine Lunceford
Craig Stevens ... Robert Struck
David Bruce ... Jimmie Barbour
Willie Best ... Willie
Ivan F. Simpson ... Dean Claxton (as Ivan Simpson)
Tod Andrews ... Bill (as Michael Ames)
William Hopper ... Terrence Abbott (as DeWolf Hopper)
Natalie Schafer ... Mrs. Lunceford
Charles Halton ... Professor Moggs
Sidney Bracey ... Barrett (as Sidney Bracy)
Wade Boteler ... Inspector Deming
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Storyline

Wealthy scion Peter DeHaven, about to marry socialite Christine Lunceford, wakes up after bachelor party revelry to find he's been turned invisible by eccentric college professor Reginald Shotesbury. An unbelievable series of events is revealed by several witnesses testifying in a "mystery trial" to determine the reason for DeHaven's "disappearance". Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Now you see him . . . now you don't!

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Black Widow See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Feature film debut of Natalie Schafer, best remembered as Mrs. Howell on Gilligan's Island (1964). See more »

Goofs

When Christine faints in the doorway of her bedroom, a hand can be seen briefly appearing behind her to catch her as she falls. See more »

Quotes

[Needing a corpse for his boss's life-restoring experiments, William checks the morgue for a suitable body]
William: This one's got a lily in his hands. He may be dead, but he's neat about it.
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Some Laughs Remain
12 August 2005 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This frantic Warner 'B' comedy about how millionaire Jeffrey Lynne copes with being invisible succeeds, in large part, because of the great, great comedy chops of Everett Horton, who takes over the movie as the mad scientist who turns him invisible. Well, he's not mad, actually. He is, in fact, quite amiable, so amiable that he allows his colleagues to send him to an insane asylum after a lovely variation on the "Mayhem in the Classroom" vaudeville sketch.

Jane Wyman is also on hand doing her wide-eyed comedy gal, and Willie Best does a decent turn for the era. The cast is filled out by the usual competent Warners B cast of the the era.

Jeffrey Lynne, as the lead, is given very little do do and his plot is disposed of efficiently. This pretty much describes Mr. Lynne's career. But this comedy remains with some reasonable pleasures in it.


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