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THE INVISIBLE MAN, 1933
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THE INVISIBLE MAN MOVIETHE INVISIBLE MAN, 1933
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Directed by: James Whale

Starring: Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, William Harrigan, and Henry Travers

Review by JR Kuzma

SYNOPSIS:

When a scientist discovers the formula to make himself invisible, he goes on a rampage, killing anyone who gets in his way.

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The film starts with a lone man walking through a strong snow storm in the remote English country. He reaches a village and stumbles into an inn which also asks as a pub. It is at this time that it is shown that the man is covered head to toe in bandages anFrankenstein movies) takes him to a room and brings him some food, this is the first time that she suspects that something is up with this man, so her and the people in the pub start guessing what had happened to him, many believing that he is an escaped con on the run.

Weeks past and the man is still a resident at the inn. Although the innkeepers have been very good about leaving the strange man alone, they are starting to get pissed when he falls behind on his rent. So they try to throw him out. Enraged, the man kicks t

The posse enters the room and quickly discover that they are overmatched.

The invisible man makes fools at of all of them and quickly goes on a rampage around the rest of the village, stealing bicycles, throwing bricks through windows and pushing little old

It is soon revealed that the man is Dr. Jack Griffin (Claude Rains) when his former mentor Dr. Cranley and Griffin’s former partner Dr. Kemp have come looking for Griffin, for they have not heard from him in about a month and were worried. At Griffin’s lab they find very little except a ticket for a dange

Later that same night, while Kemp is reading by the fire, the doors open behind him, it is Griffin who reveals to Kemp that he is the invisible man. Kemp, having heard the reports on the radio about an invisible man who has been terrorizing the country side,

At the same time that they are going to the inn, another police officer had gone to the inn to fill out a full report. The officer has all the witnesses gather around a table to give their stories, as Griffin sneaks past them and up to the room. He drops his belongings to a waiting Kemp and before he leaves, sneaks back down to the pub area and strikes the officer over the head with a heavy wooden stool, killing him instantly.

When they return to Kemp residents later that night, Griffin informs Kemp of what they will attempt to do in the upcoming days and not to try anything tricky because he will never know when Griffin is around. As soon as Griffin goes to bed, Kemp phones Dr. Cranley, who he tells that Griffin is the invi

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A little later, Griffin is asleep in the bedroom and sees the head lights from the car pulling in the drive. Griffin is startled at first but sees that it is the Cranleys. Flora runs in looking for her fiancé. Kemp takes her to the room that Griffin is slmaking one feel sympathy for the character. This moment is quickly interrupted when Griffin sees the flashlights of the police officers approaching the house. He convinces Flora and Dr. Cranley to leave, he then undresses and makes his escape, however befor

Immediately after this, Griffin goes on murder spree. He derails a train, killing people while they were walking on the sidewalk just to name a few, and in one of the more humorous scenes in any classic monster movies, Griffin is chasing a young woman down a

The following night does come around, and Kemp who had informed the police of Griffin’s intentions, goes into their protection. They officers dress Kemp as one of them and lead him to a group of cars and drive off. Kemp goes another way then all the other binds Kemp’s arms together and also ties him to the car sit. Griffin then knocks the car out of neutral and watches it roll down a steep hill and over a cliff, where the car explodes on impact.

Griffin, after all the excitement decides to seek refuge in an old barn, where he falls asleep on a pile of hay. At some point during the evening, a farmer enters the barn, and hears Griffin snoring, looks down at the pile of hay and it starts moving. Start

Griffin is brought to a hospital for his injuries, where he is met by Flora and Dr. Cranley. Griffin admits his guilty and that he was sorry. As he exhales for the last time, his body slowly starts to become visible again.

In 1933, Universal was in its third year of making one of the most important genres in film history. Having already done two of the most famous gothic novels of already in Frankenstein and Dracula in 1931 and in 1932 had success with film like The Old Dark House and The Mummy, the studio needed a new monster to add to the line-up, and since director James Whale was refusing to do the follow up to Frankenstein, yet, they needed to come up with something new. What they thought of was the H.G. Welles novel The Invisible Man.

They got Whale to agree to direct and wanted Boris Karloff as the title character, but Whale was able to convince the studio heads that he needed someone with a more powerful voice than Karloff and so hired Claude Rains to play the lead. Rains had become a sThe Invisible Man was to be his first American movie.

Like the other horror films that Universal, especially the Whale directed films, The Invisible Man was ahead of its time, in this case it was for its special effects. To give the audience the impression that Griffin was invisible when he was removing his bandages in front of the posse, Rains was dressed in black velvet in front of a black velvet wall. They then shot the ro

Another thing that made this film was its casting. Henry Travers, who played Dr. Cranley, who later go on and play in several high profiles in the 1940s, including an Oscar nomination for his work in Mrs. Miniver (1942) and probably his most famous role as Clarence the Angel in It’s a Wonderful Life (1946). Gloria Stuart who made several films at Universal in the early 30s came to major fame in 1997 when she received an Oscar nomination for the Old Rose in James Cameron’s Titanic (1997). Then there is of course Claude Rains, who appeared in two more Universal horrors films, The Wolfman (1941) and The Phantom of the Opera (1943), but came to fame with his work in such films like Casablanca (1942), Mr. Smith goes to Washington(1939), Notorious(1946), and later in life in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) (the first three he received Oscar nominations for as well as Mr. Skeffingtion).

This film however is not as popular as most of the others because of the fact that it doesn’t really deal with the supernatural but instead with the human condition itself. It shows what power can do to a man that cannot handle it, it that might scare peop

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