May 7, 2011

The Invisible Man (1933)

Director: James Whale

Stars: Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, William Harrigan

Genre: Sci-Fi

Outline: A Scientist discovers a way of becoming invisible and it turns him crazy

Rating: 3.5/5

This movie was taken in the 1930s when there was little technology to take Sci-Fi movies and yet James Whale has fashioned a wonderful movie. It is loosely based on H.G. Well’s novel named the same.

A mysterious man (Claude Rains) enclosed with bandages and eyes covered with dark glasses takes a room in a remote inn in England during winter. He requests complete privacy and when the innkeeper’s wife disturbs him he attacks her and the innkeeper. When the police arrive he removes all his dresses and become invisible. People think he is a ghost and police officials say that it is a story.

A Scene from the movie
He returns back to his partner Dr Kemp (William Harrigan) and asks Kemp to assist him in doing murders and stealing money. Kemp is shaken and the Invisible Man continues to shock people. Kemp somehow manages to call their mentor Dr Cranley and his daughter Flora (Gloria Stuart), who is Claude’s fiancée. Flora tries to persuade him, but he refuses to hear her. Kemp also calls the police. Police surround the building and yet he escapes. Before evading he meets Kemp and promises to murder him by 10 pm the next day.

Kemp consults with the police and they formulate a master plan. Does the Invisible man murder Kemp? Do the police arrest the Invisible Man? Watch the movie to know the rest.

The movie lasts for a little more than an hour. It’s such a short movie and yet impresses the viewers. It is really astonishing to think how they took the invisible scenes way back in 1933.

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