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Invisible Ghost (1941)

Approved | | Horror, Thriller | 25 April 1941 (USA)
The town's leading citizen becomes a homicidal maniac after his wife deserts him.

Director:

Joseph H. Lewis

Writers:

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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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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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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When Mrs. Mason (Ottola Nesmith) enters the coroner's office, she's greeted with "Hello, Mrs. Nesmith". See more »

Quotes

Charles Kessler: What's the matter with Miss Mannix?
Evans the Butler: I thought she was doing her exercises, but she's dead.
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Opening credits are composed of ghastly, ghostly, creepy letters. See more »

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Lugosi is worth the price of this movie
4 May 2004 | by TigerMannSee all my reviews

I must say, I was a bit surprised after viewing "Invisible Ghost." It

could have been because of Bela Lugosi's sympathetic portrayal

of Charles Kessler, a warm and kind-hearted man, deeply

troubled by his wife's absence. Or ... it could have been Clarence

Muse, playing the black butler sans the usual comic relief.

Whichever way you look at it, "Invisible Ghost" is certainly worthy of

note. Too bad one has to rummage through so many bad movies

to locate the few really good ones. Here we have the late, great

Bela Lugosi, looking better than ever. His portrayal of a sympatheic

man under the control of powers beyond his comprehension is

somewhat of a diversion from previous characters. He's not

sucking the blood of beautiful ingenues. Nope. He's on a murder

rampage, suffocating his victims with a ... bedroom robe?

Okay ... a little quirky. What did you expect? Shakespeare?

What's impressive here is Mr. Lugosi's enormous acting talent.

Lugosi could express more emotion through a simple facial

expression than most actors could through an entire monologue.

He's an excellent example of a talented man giving a performance

greater than the movie itself deserves. No make-up effect or

computer generated effect could ever reproduce this. To this, I hold

Mr. Lugosi up next to Vincent Price ... as a man whose talents

barely reached the public surface. If only he were alive today and

making movies. No doubt he would have been treated with a great

deal more respect and admiration.

And so ... "Invisible Ghost" is a very good movie to enjoy. I was

lucky enough to purchase this along with seven other Lugosi films

in AMC's Monsterfest DVD collection. Pick it up if you get a chance.

It includes movies like "The Human Monster" and the amazing

"White Zombie." While some of these films were hits and others

were misses ... all feature the extraordinary presence of Bela

Lugosi ... certainly one of our greatest actors.


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