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The Invisible Man

  • Film

Time Out says

Engrossing adaptation of HG Wells' tale of a scientist made invisible by his experiments with the drug monocaine. The megalomania that ensues upon Rains' ability to go about unseen is played for suspense, pathos and tongue-in-cheek humour (he can't go out in the rain, because it would make him look like a ridiculous bubble). The real strengths of the movie are John P Fulton's remarkable special effects (Rains removing his bandages to reveal nothing, footsteps appearing as if by magic in the snow), lending much-needed conviction to the blatant fantasy; and the fact that we never see the scientist without his bandages until the very end of the film. No wonder Karloff, disdainful of a role in which he would for the most part only be heard, turned down the part; but Rains, with his clear, sensitively inflected voice, was lucky: it made him a star.
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Release Details

  • Duration:71 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:James Whale
  • Screenwriter:RC Sherriff
  • Cast:
    • Claude Rains
    • Dudley Digges
    • EE Clive
    • John Carradine
    • Una O'Connor
    • Walter Brennan
    • Dwight Frye
    • William Harrigan
    • Gloria Stuart
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