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The Invisible Woman (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi | 27 December 1940 (USA)
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An attractive model with an ulterior motive volunteers as guinea pig for an invisibility machine.

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Curt Siodmak (original story) (as Kurt Siodmak), Joe May (original story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Virginia Bruce ... Kitty Carroll
John Barrymore ... Professor Gibbs
John Howard ... Richard Russell
Charles Ruggles ... George (as Charlie Ruggles)
Oskar Homolka ... Blackie Cole (as Oscar Homolka)
Edward Brophy ... Bill
Donald MacBride ... Foghorn
Margaret Hamilton ... Mrs. Jackson
Shemp Howard ... Frankie
Anne Nagel ... Jean
Kathryn Adams ... Peggy
Maria Montez ... Marie
Charles Lane ... Growley
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. Bates
Thurston Hall ... Hudson
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Storyline

Eccentric Professor Gibbs, brilliant but impractical, invents an invisibility machine and advertises for a guinea pig. What he gets is Kitty Carroll, an attractive, adventurous model, who thinks being invisible would help her settle a few scores. Complications arise when three comic gangsters steal the machine to use on their boss. But they fail to reckon with the Revenge of the Invisible Woman! Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The YEAR'S FUNNIEST FUN! (original print ad - mostly caps) See more »

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Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La mujer invisible See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$269,062 (estimated)
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Shemp Howard (Born Samuel Horwitz)best known today for his role as the third stooge in the Three Stooges appears as Frankie. See more »

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When the butler trips down the stairs he throws the tray twice. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Attorney: Where is he? Where is he? Get up! Get up!
George: I am up. I was up. And I've been up all night. I would have stayed up if you hadn't knocked me down.
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A Mixed Bag But A Great Cast
7 November 2005 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

What a strong cast for such a silly and stupid (but still decent) movie! Classic movie fans know these names: John Barrymore, Virginia Bruce, John Howard, Charles Ruggles, Oscar Homolka, Shemp Howard, Edward Brophy and Margaret Hamilton.

They are all here in this female version of The Invisible Man. Actually, as stupid as it can get, it also provides a number of funny scenes so I guess it served its purpose.

It's only 73 minutes long, but it should have been shorter as the gags wear thin after 40 minutes. Ruggles almost steals the show as the butler. He provides most of the humor in a real slapstick manner. As in a lot of these old comedies, some of this stuff is really corny but I did laugh out loud at a couple things.

Bruce and John Howard are attractive leads and Barrymore is effective as the typically-portrayed-in-classic films eccentric scientist. It was also fun to see Shemp Howard, of Three Stooges fame, play a gangster, although a Stooge-like goofy one.

The special effects were good in their day but not now. In fact, the DVD is sharp enough that you can see the outline of Bruce's head when she's supposed to be invisible!


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