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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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

THE PHANTOM KILLER STRIKES! Only a terrified woman knows the secret of this ghostly murderer...who strikes in the night and leaves no clues---but his victims! 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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Banner Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First of nine films made by Bela Lugosi under his contract with Sam Katzman for Monogram Pictures. See more »

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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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Featured in Lugosi: Hollywood's Dracula (1997) See more »

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Negligible plot, wonderfully murky atmosphere
31 May 2000 | by oliverknealeSee all my reviews

The best way to see this film is to catch an aged, scratched up print with bad sound on late night television. It seems to almost be made for that kind of antique, romantic creakiness.

Bela Lugosi plays a husband who murders his house guests overnight at the command of his hypnotist wife. The story isn't very well executed and is pretty ridiculous, actually, BUT what redeems the film and makes it very worthy of seeing is it's bizarre, ghostly atmosphere. The film is not about suspense, it's about mood. It's all about white figures moving around shadowy black backgrounds. It's about the interiors of the house looking like furnished crypts or like secret rooms not shown on the board of a Clue game.

This whole film is texture. It's very dream-like.


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