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The Invisible Man Returns (1940)

Passed | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 12 January 1940 (USA)
The owner of a coal mining operation, falsely imprisoned for fratricide, takes a drug to make him invisible, despite its side effect: gradual madness.

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Joe May

Writers:

H.G. Wells (characters), Joe May (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cedric Hardwicke ... Richard Cobb (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Vincent Price ... Geoffrey Radcliffe
Nan Grey ... Helen Manson
John Sutton ... Doctor Frank Griffin
Cecil Kellaway ... Sampson
Alan Napier ... Willie Spears
Forrester Harvey ... Ben Jenkins
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Storyline

Framed for the murder of his brother, Geoffrey Radcliffe is scheduled to hang. After a visit from his friend Dr. Frank Griffin, he vanishes mysteriously from prison. Police inspector Sampson realizes that Griffin is the brother of the original Invisible Man and has given Geoffrey the formula to aid his escape. Can Geoffrey elude the police dragnet and track down the real murderer? More importantly, can Griffin discover an antidote before the invisibility formula drives Geoffrey insane? Written by P. Silvestro

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They hear him! They feel him! But they can't stop him! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Invisible Man Returns See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$281,743 (estimated)
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Black and White (Sepia)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There were communication problems during the shooting of the film. The German director spoke no English, so Vincent Price - being fluent in German - had to translate all the instructions to the other cast members. See more »

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Geoffrey Radcliffe had been invisible for several days through the course of the film. As such, it would have been impossible to see his reflection in a mirror and therefore he couldn't groom himself. Yet when he becomes visible in the final scene, he is perfectly clean-shaven and his hair impeccably combed. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mr. Cotton: I - I can't believe it's going to happen. Just two more hours, and they're going to kill him.
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He becomes invisible to fight a bad rap.
7 September 2001 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

This is a very watchable sequel seven years after the original. This version is less dark and dreary and even contains a little comedy. Vincent Price plays Geoffrey Radcliffe, wrongly convicted of murder and makes use of invisibility to find the real murderer of his brother. This is Price's fifth movie early in his career. His face is seen very little in this sci-fi drama, but his distinct and haunting voice will prove to help him gain stardom.

A very good supporting cast includes: the legendary Cedric Hardwicke, Cecil Kellaway and Nan Grey. Miss Grey is the stunning love interest. Kellaway usually plays a light comedic role, but this time he plays the part of a Scotland Yard inspector. Hardwicke is more or less that character you can't seem to put your full trust in. In other minor roles are John Sutton, Leyland Hodgson and Ivan Simpson.

The special effects help this oldie keep its charm. My favorite scene is still when Grey faints after Price unravels his bandages. Still a hoot to watch.


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