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The Body Disappears (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi | 6 December 1941 (USA)
Comedy about an invisible man.

Director:

D. Ross Lederman

Writers:

Scott Darling (original screenplay), Erna Lazarus (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Lynn ... Peter DeHaven
Jane Wyman ... Joan Shotesbury
Edward Everett Horton ... Professor Shotesbury
Herbert Anderson ... George Appleby
Marguerite Chapman ... Christine Lunceford
Craig Stevens ... Robert Struck
David Bruce ... Jimmie Barbour
Willie Best ... Willie
Ivan F. Simpson ... Dean Claxton (as Ivan Simpson)
Tod Andrews ... Bill (as Michael Ames)
William Hopper ... Terrence Abbott (as DeWolf Hopper)
Natalie Schafer ... Mrs. Lunceford
Charles Halton ... Professor Moggs
Sidney Bracey ... Barrett (as Sidney Bracy)
Wade Boteler ... Inspector Deming
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Storyline

Wealthy scion Peter DeHaven, about to marry socialite Christine Lunceford, wakes up after bachelor party revelry to find he's been turned invisible by eccentric college professor Reginald Shotesbury. An unbelievable series of events is revealed by several witnesses testifying in a "mystery trial" to determine the reason for DeHaven's "disappearance". Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Taglines:

Now you see him . . . now you don't!

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Black Widow See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Feature film debut of Natalie Schafer, best remembered as Mrs. Howell on Gilligan's Island (1964). See more »

Goofs

When Struck and Inspector Deming tumble down the stairs together, Wade Boteler's (Deming's) stunt double's hat comes off, revealing him to be balding. But at the bottom of the stairs, Deming has a full head of hair. See more »

Quotes

[Needing a corpse for his boss's life-restoring experiments, William checks the morgue for a suitable body]
William: This one's got a lily in his hands. He may be dead, but he's neat about it.
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Fun!
19 January 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In addition to the original "Invisible Man" and its later sequels, Universal Studios made some comedic versions of the Invisible Man stories. "The Invisible Girl" was a comedy starring John Barrymore, there was "Abbott & Costello Meet the Invisible Man" and here we have "The Body Disappears"...yet another comedy using the same invisibility gimmick.

The story begins in a courtroom and the story is told through flashbacks as the folks testify. Apparently, they believe someone killed Peter (Jeffery Lynn) and they explain how he's not dead...just invisible. What follows is a silly story that is extremely enjoyable and cute...and well worth seeing.


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