This completes the reviews of the Universal classic
Cast, Crew, and Other Info
Claude Rains as the Invisible Man
Henry Travers as Dr. Cranley
Screenplay by R.C. Sherriff based on the H. G. Wells
Directed by James Whale.
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A bandaged man seeks privacy in a small town. He is
soon revealed to
be a lunatic.
The first glimpse over dinner. The effects were
amazing for the time.
As a self-contained item: If he’s got a cop by the
feet, you know
where he is. Don’t keep converging on a spot in the
As an adaptation: no mention of the opaque nature of
Wells recognized that invisible retinas meant a blind
everybody since him seems to have forgotten.
It’s hard to give credit for originality in
this movie. It’s
a relatively faithful adaptation of a good novel, and
most of the
changes that were made were to transform the
supporting cast into a
more stereotypical selection from the horror genre
that Universal was
practically creating at the time. I do give them
credit for the
effects, though; I doubt many thought making the
movie would even be
possible back in 1933. I give it 4 out of 6.
The effects were amazing. They are still
and rather elaborate, which is very, very impressive.
I give it 6 out
The story is well done, probably because
they recognized that
they didn’t need to make major changes to the plot.
This works quite
well, and it pretty edgy in terms of violence for the
are frequent. I give it 5 out of 6.
The acting from Rains is excellent. The
rest of the cast is
too melodramatic. I give it 4 out of 6.
The emotional response is quite strong.
It’s an interesting
story, treated with respect in its translation from
material. The senseless violence is still
bothersome, as it is
intended to be. I give it 5 out of 6.
The production is well done. The lighting
and editing are
very good, and the sets are usually pretty good.
There are two set
pieces that remind us we have sets, though. The net
scene should have
been shot to make us think the camera was in, and not
wall. The scene introducing Flora also has a door in
a wall that
doesn’t go across the entire room. It looks good on
screen, but it’s
impractical and illogical in real life, so it stands
out. I give it 5
out of 6.
Overall, I’d argue that this is the best of
Universal horror features. Very entertaining. I
give it 5 out of 6.
In total, The Invisible Man receives 34 out
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