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The Body Disappears (1941)

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!

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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 »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

[William mistakes the drunk and unconcious Peter for a corpse]
William: They must have embalmed him in Scotch and soda. He's so saturated if a breeze hit him, he'd ripple.
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Edward Everett Horton stars in silly comedy programmer from Warner Bros...
18 March 2010 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

This is one of those thin little comedies that played the second half of a double bill back in the '40s. EDWARD EVERETT HORTON has a tailor-made role as an eccentric scientist who has inadvertently developed a serum that can make people invisible. On this one-note thread, the whole plot ambles on for little more than an hour in what seems like an endless comedy of errors.

While Horton at least does his best to keep things lively, poor JEFFREY LYNN has little more to do than pop up once in awhile in the flesh--remaining invisible for a good portion of the film. JANE WYMAN has the hapless task of making all the silly shenanigans look less foolish than they are--but she rarely succeeds. And WILLIE BEST does his best to look frantic and frightened by all the invisibility going on around him, as Horton's wide-eyed assistant in his usual stereotyped role as a black man.

It passes the time quickly but there's little substance to any of the plot with some nice cast members striving to make it agreeable enough--CRAIG STEVENS, MARGUERITE CHAPMAN and David BRUCE among them.


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