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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.

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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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Final film of Polly Ann Young. See more »

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Camera shadow on wall at approximately 36.55, as camera pans from one room to the next. See more »

Quotes

Evans the Butler: Do I look pale?
Jules Mason: No.
Evans the Butler: I feel pale.
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Opening credits are composed of ghastly, ghostly, creepy letters. See more »

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A fine performance from Lugosi
5 February 2005 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

If you haven't seen Invisible Ghost, I won't bother going into much of the plot. Most of it is silly and doesn't make much sense. Basically, the story involves a man who is driven to commit murder by seeing his supposedly dead wife. That's really all you need to know. And, it's not much of a spoiler as you discover most of this within the first ten minutes or so.

Lugosi is great as the mad killer. A really first-rate acting job that is by far one of his best from the Poverty Row movies he made (that I've seen). He does an excellent job of alternating between the kindly Charles Kessler and the mad killer. Clarence Muse is also a standout as the butler, Evans. Muse played Evans as smart, calm, strong, and nothing like the typical black character you find in a 40s horror/mystery movie. I call him the anti-Mantan.

Over the past few years, I've learned to enjoy the movies from the 40s that Monogram and others were putting out. Invisible Ghost is not the best of the bunch, but it's certainly not the worst. It's fun to watch if just to see Lugosi hamming it up. Just don't take these movies too seriously.


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