The Invisible Man (1933)

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A scientist finds a way of becoming invisible, but in doing so, he becomes murderously insane.

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  • Claude Rains and Gloria Stuart in The Invisible Man (1933)
  • Claude Rains and Gloria Stuart in The Invisible Man (1933)
  • Gloria Stuart and Henry Travers in The Invisible Man (1933)
  • Claude Rains in The Invisible Man (1933)
  • Claude Rains in The Invisible Man (1933)
  • Claude Rains in The Invisible Man (1933)

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13 November 2002 | area01
Classic Invisible Man.
Writing about 30's Black-And-White movies can be difficult, as they need to be considered in light of the era the films were made. You have to adopt the mind-set of some-one viewing it for the first time, without the baggage of umpteen remakes and special effects improvements, to remain objective. Here goes:

Claude Rains does a good job with a mainly "speaking" part - lots of emotion and command there. Una O'Connor as the Innkeepers wife does a bit too much shrieking for my liking - but required "reaction" acting fodder for the time, I assume.

The effects still hold up, and must have been cutting edge at the time. The storyline covers all the basics of the Wells Novel - a quest for knowledge and power, alienation and drug inducessed madness. It's an enjoyable watch with good pacing and steady performances throughout. A sort of lazy Sunday afternoon type of movie.

Universal's take on a British Pub raises a smile, with some fantastic looking weathered-faced locals populating the place. I love the way the gag with a local "fake-playing" a coin driven piano gets a roaring laugh (as if that's the first time the pub's drinkers have seen it). However, the British film-industry was putting out the same type of stereotypes, so Universal can be forgiven there.

A part of Sci-Fi/Horror movie making history, and worth watching for this fact alone.

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