The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man

Claude Rains
Director: James Whale Cast: Claude Rains
Claude Rains
, Gloria Stuart
Gloria Stuart
, Henry Travers
Henry Travers
James Whale


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A mysterious stranger, his face swathed in bandages and his eyes obscured by dark spectacles, has taken a room at a cozy inn in the British village of Ipping. Never leaving his quarters, the stranger demands that the staff leave him completely alone. Working unmolested with his test tubes, the stranger does not notice when the landlady inadvertently walks into his room one morning. But she notices that her guest seemingly has no head! The stranger, one Jack Griffin, is a scientist, who'd left Ipping several months earlier while conducting a series of tests with a strange new drug called monocane. He returns to the laboratory of his mentor, Dr. Cranley (Henry Travers), where he reveals his secret to onetime partner Dr. Kemp (William Harrigan) and former fiancee Flora Cranley (Gloria Stuart). Monocane is a formula for invisibility, and has rendered Griffin's entire body undetectable to the human eye. Alas, monocane has also had the side effect of driving Griffin insane. With megalomanic glee, Griffin takes Kemp into his confidence, explaining how he plans to prove his superiority over other humans by wreaking as much havoc as possible. At first, his pranks are harmless; then, without batting an eyelash, he turns to murder, beginning with the strangling of a comic-relief constable. When Kemp tries to turn Griffin over to the police, he himself is marked for death. Despite elaborate measures taken by the police, Griffin is able to murder Kemp, considerately taking the time to describe his homicidal methods to his helpless victim. After a reign of terror costing hundreds of lives, Griffin is cornered in a barn, his movements betrayed by his footsteps in the snow. Mortally wounded by police bullets, Griffin is taken to a hospital, where he regretfully tells Flora that he's paying the price for meddling into Things Men Should Not Know. As Griffin dies, his face becomes slowly visible: first the skull, then the nerve endings, then layer upon layer of raw flesh, until he is revealed to be Claude Rains, making his first American film appearance. So forceful was Rains' verbal performance as "The Invisible One" that he became an overnight movie star (after nearly twenty years on stage). Wittily scripted by R.C. Sherriff and an uncredited Philip Wylie, and brilliantly directed by James Whale, The Invisible Man is a near-untoppable combination of horror and humor. Also deserving of unqualified praise are the thorouhgly convincing special effects by John P. Fulton and John Mescall. With the exception of The Invisible Man Returns, none of the sequels came anywhere close to the quality of the 1933 original. Trivia alert: watch for Dwight "Renfield" Frye as a bespectacled reporter, Walter Brennan as the man whose bicycle was stolen, and John Carradine as the fellow in the phone booth who's "gawt a plan to ketch the h'invisible man."

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/02/2014
UPC: 0025192249617
Original Release: 1933
Rating: NR
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:12:00
Sales rank: 36,799

Special Features

Now you see him: The Invisible Man revealed; Feature commentary with film historian Rudy Behlmer; Production photographs

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Claude Rains Jack Griffin/The Invisible One
Gloria Stuart Flora Cranley
Henry Travers Dr. Cranley
William Harrigan Doctor Kemp
Una O'Connor Mrs. Jenny Hall
Forrester Harvey Mr. Herbert Hall
Holmes Herbert Chief of Police
E.E. Clive Jaffers
Dudley Digges Chief of Detectives
Harry Stubbs Inspector Bird
Donald Stuart Inspector Lane
Merle Tottenham Milly
John Merivale Boy
Jameson Thomas Doctor
John Carradine Cockney informer
Walter Brennan Bit Part
Dwight Frye Bit Part

Technical Credits
James Whale Director
Arthur Edeson Cinematographer
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Charles Hall Art Director
W. Franke Harling Score Composer
Ted Kent Editor
Carl Laemmle Producer
John Mescall Special Effects
Jack P. Pierce Makeup
R.C. Sherriff Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Invisible Man
1. Main Titles [1:21]
2. At the Lion's Head [6:38]
3. Jack's Experiment [3:29]
4. He's Got to Go! [4:15]
5. A Souvenir [3:40]
6. On the Loose [1:24]
7. A Drug Experiment [2:26]
8. Kemp at Home [5:25]
9. Griffin Explains [6:34]
10. The Murder [6:48]
11. Flora Gets Involved [8:46]
12. Surrounded [2:31]
13. In Danger [5:57]
14. The Wall [2:33]
15. Kemp's Escape [1:49]
16. In Hiding [4:30]
17. Very Near the End [1:59]
18. End Titles [:38]

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