The Invisible Man Returns (1940)

81 mins | Horror | 12 January 1940

Director:

Joe May

Cinematographer:

Milton Krasner

Editor:

Frank Gross

Production Designer:

Jack Otterson

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Co.
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HISTORY

A pre-production news item in HR notes that Rowland V. Lee was to have produced and directed this film, and W. P. Lipscomb was to have scripted, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. This picture was a sequel to Universal's 1933 film The Invisible Man (see above). John P. Fulton (photographic effects) and Bernard B. Brown and William Hedgecock (sound effects) were nominated for an Academy Award in the Special Effects ... More Less

A pre-production news item in HR notes that Rowland V. Lee was to have produced and directed this film, and W. P. Lipscomb was to have scripted, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. This picture was a sequel to Universal's 1933 film The Invisible Man (see above). John P. Fulton (photographic effects) and Bernard B. Brown and William Hedgecock (sound effects) were nominated for an Academy Award in the Special Effects category. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
18 Jan 40
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
9 May 39
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Oct 39
pp. 4-5.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Jan 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
12 Jan 40
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
11 Nov 39
p. 54.
Motion Picture Herald
13 Jan 40
p. 38.
New York Times
16 Jan 40
p. 19.
Variety
17 Jan 40
p. 14.
CAST
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CREDITED AS
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Story
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Gowns
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LITERARY
Suggested by the novel The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells (London, 1897).
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DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
12 January 1940
Production Date:
began early October 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co.
Copyright Date:
12 January 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9348
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
81
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5921
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

On the day that he is to hang for the murder of his brother, Geoffrey Radcliffe is visited by his old friend, Dr. Frank Griffin, who secretly administers a serum that renders the condemned man invisible. Unseen, Geoffrey slips out of prison to find the real murderer of his brother. Soon after, Frank is visited by Inspector Sampson of Scotland Yard, who questions him about the formula for invisibility that his brother discovered nine years earlier. Knowing that the serum caused insanity in his brother, Frank struggles to discover an antidote before his friend goes mad. Meanwhile, Geoffrey, attempting to elude the police, takes refuge in Frank's office, where he learns that Willie Spears, a lowly miner in the Radcliffe mines, has been promoted to the position of mine superintendent by Geoffrey's cousin and heir, Richard Cobb. Suspicious, Geoffrey follows Spears and terrorizes him into confessing that he saw Cobb kill Geoffrey's brother. Geoffrey then confronts Cobb with his guilt, but Cobb escapes and runs into Inspector Sampson, who orders the house surrounded, but Geoffrey disguises himself as a police officer and escapes. As Geoffrey descends into madness, his fiancée, Helen Manson, and Frank try to restrain him, but he tricks them and escapes to continue his pursuit of Cobb. Geoffrey chases Cobb to the mine, and as the two struggle on the coal elevator, Geoffrey is shot by the police and Cobb falls to his death as the cart overturns. Before he dies, however, Cobb confesses to the murder. Geoffrey, suffering from his bullet wound and pneumonia, returns to Helen and Frank. To save his life, Frank administers a ... +


On the day that he is to hang for the murder of his brother, Geoffrey Radcliffe is visited by his old friend, Dr. Frank Griffin, who secretly administers a serum that renders the condemned man invisible. Unseen, Geoffrey slips out of prison to find the real murderer of his brother. Soon after, Frank is visited by Inspector Sampson of Scotland Yard, who questions him about the formula for invisibility that his brother discovered nine years earlier. Knowing that the serum caused insanity in his brother, Frank struggles to discover an antidote before his friend goes mad. Meanwhile, Geoffrey, attempting to elude the police, takes refuge in Frank's office, where he learns that Willie Spears, a lowly miner in the Radcliffe mines, has been promoted to the position of mine superintendent by Geoffrey's cousin and heir, Richard Cobb. Suspicious, Geoffrey follows Spears and terrorizes him into confessing that he saw Cobb kill Geoffrey's brother. Geoffrey then confronts Cobb with his guilt, but Cobb escapes and runs into Inspector Sampson, who orders the house surrounded, but Geoffrey disguises himself as a police officer and escapes. As Geoffrey descends into madness, his fiancée, Helen Manson, and Frank try to restrain him, but he tricks them and escapes to continue his pursuit of Cobb. Geoffrey chases Cobb to the mine, and as the two struggle on the coal elevator, Geoffrey is shot by the police and Cobb falls to his death as the cart overturns. Before he dies, however, Cobb confesses to the murder. Geoffrey, suffering from his bullet wound and pneumonia, returns to Helen and Frank. To save his life, Frank administers a blood transfusion that turns out to be the antidote that restores his sanity and visibility. +

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