The Invisible Man Overview:

The Invisible Man (1933) was a Drama - Horror Film directed by James Whale and produced by Carl Laemmle Jr..


In this classic Universal horror film based on the H.G. Wells novella, Rains (in his debut, a role that monster master Boris Karloff turned down) plays a mad scientist whose formula for invisibility wreaks havoc on his mind, and he begins to lust for power. Directed by one of Hollywood's most distinctive stylists, Whale (Frankenstein), it costars Stuart long before her Academy Award-nominated role in Titanic.

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The Invisible Man was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2008.

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The Invisible Man (1933)

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[last lines]
Flora Cranley: Father, come quickly!

The Invisible Man: An invisible man can rule the world. Nobody will see him come, nobody will see him go. He can hear every secret. He can rob, and rape, and kill!

The Invisible Man: The fools wouldn't let me work in peace. I had to teach them a lesson.

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When screenwriter R.C. Sherriff came to Hollywood to write The Invisible Man, he asked the staff at Universal for a copy of the H.G. Wells novel he was supposed to be adapting. They didn't have one; all they had were 14 "treatments" done by previous writers on the project, including one set in Czarist Russia and one set on Mars. Sherriff eventually found a copy of the novel in a secondhand bookstore, read it, thought it would make an excellent picture as it stood, and wrote a script that (unlike the Universal versions of Dracula and Frankenstein) was a closer adaptation of the book.
On the DVD short documentary, Claude Rains' daughter tells of a time when the two went to see this movie in the theater years after it was made. It was bitterly cold and his face was completely covered by a hat and scarf. When he spoke to ask for the tickets, the attendant immediately recognized his voice and wanted to let them in for free. Rains was quite upset at this and demanded that he pay full price.
Although the actor under the bandages was usually Claude Rains, particularly in the sequence set at the inn, often it was a double. You can tell him apart from the real Claude Rains because he is taller and has aquiline features, with a nose so prominent that it is visible even through the bandages. Rains's dialogue was all pre- or post-recorded and dubbed onto the soundtrack.
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National Film Registry

The Invisible Man

Released 1933
Inducted 2008

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