The Invisible Woman (1940)

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Directed by A. Edward Sutherland
Written by Curt Siodmak, Joe May, Robert Lees, et al
Universal Pictures

First viewing/Netflix rental


Kitty Carroll: Whew! Kinda chilly. I wonder how the nudists stand it.

This one is all comedy with nary a chill in sight.

Professor Gibbs (John Barrymore) has just perfected his invisibility machine and is looking for a guinea pig.  Kitty Carol (Virginia Bruce) who is fed up with her modeling job and her sadistic employer volunteers for the job.  Gibbs shows off  his creation to investor Richard Russell (John Howard – “Bulldog Drummond”) and the two naturally fall in love.  In the meantime a gangster (Oscar Homolka) hiding out in Mexico has plans to steal the machine – and the professor – to allow him to return to the States.  With Charlie Ruggles as Russell’s butler and Margaret Hamilton as Gibbs’s housekeeper.

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This is OK, if a bit sophmoric.  Nothing anybody should rush out to see.  The invisibility effects are fine.

The Invisible Woman was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Special Effects.



2 thoughts on “The Invisible Woman (1940)

  1. John Barrymore on his sad slide into total alcoholism. I really hate to see films like this starring the greats who have become has-beens. He actually was using cue cards at this time in his career. Truly tragic.

    • I was amazed that he actually wasn’t too bad in this. Yes, it was a sad slide but somehow he just about held it together enough to not embarrass himself in this one.

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