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Invisible Ghost (1941)

The town's leading citizen becomes a homicidal maniac after his wife deserts him.

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Joseph H. Lewis

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Helen Martin (story), Al Martin (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bela Lugosi ... Charles Kessler
Polly Ann Young ... Virginia Kessler
John McGuire ... Ralph Dickson / Paul Dickson
Clarence Muse ... Evans
Terry Walker ... Cecile Mannix
Betty Compson ... Mrs. Kessler
Ernie Adams ... Jules Mason
George Pembroke George Pembroke ... Police Lt. Williams
Ottola Nesmith ... Mrs. Mason (as Ollola Nesmith)
Fred Kelsey ... Ryan
Jack Mulhall ... Tim
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The town's leading citizen becomes a homicidal maniac after his wife deserts him.

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Out of the darkness comes the ear-piercing cry of a terrified girl... See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Murder by the Stars See more »

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Production Co:

Banner Productions See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Polly Ann Young. See more »

Goofs

No ghost, not even an invisible one. See more »

Quotes

Charles Kessler: I must have been sleepwalking.
Paul Dickson: You did better than I, I couldn't get to sleep.
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Opening credits are composed of ghastly, ghostly, creepy letters. See more »

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Not uninteresting Lugosi/Monogram horror film
20 June 2001 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Dr. Kessler (Bela Lugosi)is a kind doctor whose wife ran away with another man and then died in a car crash. However, it seems she survived and Kessler's gardener is keeping her hidden in the gardener's cottage until she recovers. Periodically she walks around and stares at Kessler. He sees her, goes into a trance and kills people.

OK--the plot is stupid and makes no sense. Also the dialogue is bad (even by Monogram standards) and has plenty of laugh out loud lines and just beyond belief plot twists. Still it works. It plays quickly (it's only an hour long), has a very handsome actor (John McGuire) who can't act but is very easy on the eyes and two excellent performances. One is by Bela (even when he acted in low low LOW budget work like this he gave it his all) and Clarence Muse who plays the black butler but is very dignified and intelligent--a real rarity in those days. The other actors are terrible (especially the police lieutenant who ALWAYS has a huge cigar in his mouth--I'm not even going there!). It's also well-directed (considering). But, what's with that title? There's no ghost or anything invisible in this! So, it's worth seeing (sort of).


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