The Invisible Woman (1940)

70 mins | Science fiction, Comedy | 27 December 1940

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HISTORY

According to a news item in HR , Margaret Sullavan was to have played the lead in this picture, but refused the role. In the film, the character name "Grawley" is spelled two different ways. In the opening credits it is spelled "Grawley," while on his office door it is printed as "Growley." For other Universal films about invisibility, See Entry for The Invisible Man ... More Less

According to a news item in HR , Margaret Sullavan was to have played the lead in this picture, but refused the role. In the film, the character name "Grawley" is spelled two different ways. In the opening credits it is spelled "Grawley," while on his office door it is printed as "Growley." For other Universal films about invisibility, See Entry for The Invisible Man . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
30 Dec 40
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Aug 40
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Oct 40
pp. 8-9.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Dec 40
p. 3.
New York Times
9 Jan 41
p. 27.
Variety
1 Jan 41
p. 14.
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
27 December 1940
Production Date:
began early October 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co.
Copyright Date:
31 December 1940
Copyright Number:
LP10146
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6945
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When extravagant playboy Richard Russell exhausts his inheritance, he is forced to discontinue his patronage of eccentric scientist Professor Gibbs. As he is on the verge of perfecting his experiments with invisibility, the professor decides to continue his work and advertises for a subject to test his invention. Answering the call of adventure, model Kitty Carroll consents to become his first subject. The experiment is a success, and the professor rushes to tell Dick that he will be able to recoup his money through sales of the machine. While still invisible, Kitty decides to exact revenge on her abusive boss and disappears. Unable to find the elusive Kitty, Dick decides that the professor has gone mad and retreats to his fishing lodge. Meanwhile, a gang of crooks decides to steal the machine to render their leader, Blackie, invisible so that he can return from his hideout in Mexico. Kitty, her revenge accomplished, returns to the professor, and he drives her to Dick's lodge, where she gets drunk and falls in love with Dick. While Dick is romancing the invisible Kitty, the crooks steal the professor's machine and truck it to Mexico. The next day, a visible Kitty and the professor return to his lab to find the machine missing. In Mexico, the crooks discover that they need the secret formula for the machine to work, and consequently, they return to kidnap Kitty and the professor. Dick, who has fallen in love with Kitty, follows them to Mexico. At Blackie's hideout, Kitty, who has discovered that alcohol will render her invisible, drinks some spirits and captures the entire gang. ... +


When extravagant playboy Richard Russell exhausts his inheritance, he is forced to discontinue his patronage of eccentric scientist Professor Gibbs. As he is on the verge of perfecting his experiments with invisibility, the professor decides to continue his work and advertises for a subject to test his invention. Answering the call of adventure, model Kitty Carroll consents to become his first subject. The experiment is a success, and the professor rushes to tell Dick that he will be able to recoup his money through sales of the machine. While still invisible, Kitty decides to exact revenge on her abusive boss and disappears. Unable to find the elusive Kitty, Dick decides that the professor has gone mad and retreats to his fishing lodge. Meanwhile, a gang of crooks decides to steal the machine to render their leader, Blackie, invisible so that he can return from his hideout in Mexico. Kitty, her revenge accomplished, returns to the professor, and he drives her to Dick's lodge, where she gets drunk and falls in love with Dick. While Dick is romancing the invisible Kitty, the crooks steal the professor's machine and truck it to Mexico. The next day, a visible Kitty and the professor return to his lab to find the machine missing. In Mexico, the crooks discover that they need the secret formula for the machine to work, and consequently, they return to kidnap Kitty and the professor. Dick, who has fallen in love with Kitty, follows them to Mexico. At Blackie's hideout, Kitty, who has discovered that alcohol will render her invisible, drinks some spirits and captures the entire gang. When Dick arrives, she allows him to rescue her, and all ends happily as they marry and have a semi-invisible baby. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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