The Invisible Man's Revenge (1944)

78 mins | Horror | 9 June 1944

Director:

Ford Beebe

Producer:

Ford Beebe

Cinematographer:

Milton Krasner

Production Designers:

John Goodman, Harold MacArthur

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
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HISTORY

While the onscreen credits list the dog Gray Shadow as playing himself, he is named "Brutus" within the film. According to HR , Gray Shadow was the great-grandson of the canine silent film star Strongheart. According to modern sources, Universal had originally sought actor Claude Rains, who had portrayed "Jack Griffin" in their 1931 film The Invisible Man , for the starring role of "Robert Griffin." When the actor turned down the role, Universal contract player Jon Hall was cast. Though better known for his adventure films with actress Maria Montez, Hall had also starred in the previous "Invisible Man" film at Universal, 1942's Invisible Agent (See Entry). Modern sources add Olaf Hytten ( Grey ) and Beatrice Roberts to the cast and credit Maury Gertsman as camera operator and Eddie Keyes as property master. For additional information on the series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry for The Invisible Man ( AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; ... More Less

While the onscreen credits list the dog Gray Shadow as playing himself, he is named "Brutus" within the film. According to HR , Gray Shadow was the great-grandson of the canine silent film star Strongheart. According to modern sources, Universal had originally sought actor Claude Rains, who had portrayed "Jack Griffin" in their 1931 film The Invisible Man , for the starring role of "Robert Griffin." When the actor turned down the role, Universal contract player Jon Hall was cast. Though better known for his adventure films with actress Maria Montez, Hall had also starred in the previous "Invisible Man" film at Universal, 1942's Invisible Agent (See Entry). Modern sources add Olaf Hytten ( Grey ) and Beatrice Roberts to the cast and credit Maury Gertsman as camera operator and Eddie Keyes as property master. For additional information on the series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry for The Invisible Man ( AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.2148). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
3 Jun 1944.
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Daily Variety
3 Jan 1944.
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Daily Variety
29 May 44
p. 3.
Film Daily
9 Jun 44
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Jan 44
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Jan 44
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Jan 44
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
29 May 44
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
15 Apr 44
p. 1849.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
3 Jun 44
p. 1921.
New York Times
10 Jun 44
p. 12.
Variety
7 Jun 44
p. 19.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Prod
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus score and dir
SOUND
Dir of sd
[Sd] tech
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Suggested by the novel The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells (London, 1897).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
9 June 1944
Production Date:
10 January--mid February 1944
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co., inc.
Copyright Date:
14 June 1944
Copyright Number:
LP12743
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
78
Length(in feet):
6,975
Country:
United States
PCA No:
10009
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After escaping from a Capetown mental institution, psychopathic murderer Robert Griffin returns to London to seek revenge upon the Herrick family. Meanwhile, the unsuspecting Sir Jasper and Lady Irene Herrick entertain their daughter Julie's new beau, newspaper reporter Mark Foster at their home. After Julie and Mark leave, Robert meets with Jasper and Irene and accuses them of abandoning him when he was injured on an African safari. The Herricks profess their innocence, arguing that the native guides had told them that Robert was dead. Robert demands his share of the diamond fields discovered on the safari, but Jasper tells him that they were lost in a series of bad investments. When Robert threatens to sue the Herricks, they offer to share their Shortlands estate with him, but he suggests an arranged marriage between himself and Julie instead. Robert then passes out and the Herricks quickly realize that their old friend has become dangerously insane. After removing their partnership agreement from Robert's jacket, Jasper throws Robert out of the house. Later, the semi-conscious Robert is saved from drowning by a Cockney cobbler named Herbert Higgins. When Herbert attempts to blackmail the Herricks, Jasper calls the chief constable, Sir Frederick Travers, who dismisses Robert's claims against the Herricks and orders him to leave the district. On his way back to London, Robert arrives at the home of Dr. Peter Drury, a reclusive scientist who has invented a formula for invisibility. Drury agrees to inject Robert with the experimental formula, unaware that the murderer plans to use his newfound invisibility against the Herricks. Robert later forces Jasper to sign over his ... +


After escaping from a Capetown mental institution, psychopathic murderer Robert Griffin returns to London to seek revenge upon the Herrick family. Meanwhile, the unsuspecting Sir Jasper and Lady Irene Herrick entertain their daughter Julie's new beau, newspaper reporter Mark Foster at their home. After Julie and Mark leave, Robert meets with Jasper and Irene and accuses them of abandoning him when he was injured on an African safari. The Herricks profess their innocence, arguing that the native guides had told them that Robert was dead. Robert demands his share of the diamond fields discovered on the safari, but Jasper tells him that they were lost in a series of bad investments. When Robert threatens to sue the Herricks, they offer to share their Shortlands estate with him, but he suggests an arranged marriage between himself and Julie instead. Robert then passes out and the Herricks quickly realize that their old friend has become dangerously insane. After removing their partnership agreement from Robert's jacket, Jasper throws Robert out of the house. Later, the semi-conscious Robert is saved from drowning by a Cockney cobbler named Herbert Higgins. When Herbert attempts to blackmail the Herricks, Jasper calls the chief constable, Sir Frederick Travers, who dismisses Robert's claims against the Herricks and orders him to leave the district. On his way back to London, Robert arrives at the home of Dr. Peter Drury, a reclusive scientist who has invented a formula for invisibility. Drury agrees to inject Robert with the experimental formula, unaware that the murderer plans to use his newfound invisibility against the Herricks. Robert later forces Jasper to sign over his entire estate, then helps Herbert win his rent money in a dart game at a local inn. After Jasper promises Robert his daughter's hand in marriage if he regains his visibility, the madman returns to Drury's laboratory, where he sees the doctor restore the visibility of his dog Brutus through a blood transfusion. After Drury tries to call the police for help, Robert knocks the scientist unconscious and performs the transfusion himself, which leads to the doctor's death. The now-visible Robert sets the laboratory afire and escapes just as Mark arrives with the police. Returning to the Herrick estate, Robert assumes the alias of "Martin Field" and moves in with the Herricks. Herbert later arrives at the estate, and despite his feeble attempt to blackmail Robert, the murderer offers to pay his old friend 1,000 pounds to kill Brutus, who has followed Robert to the Herricks'. When Robert begins to lose his visibility while having breakfast with Julie and Mark, he lures Mark into the wine cellar, knocks the reporter unconscious and begins a second blood transfusion. Travers, however, arrives at the estate, having learned of Robert's presence from cab driver Al Prouty, and with the help of Herbert and Jasper, they break down the cellar door just in time to save Mark. Robert, in turn, is mauled to death by Brutus. After Mark recovers, Jasper declares that Robert, with his mind clouded by imaginary enemies, received his just desserts. +

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