The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man ★★★★

Dr. Jack Griffin (Claude Rains), in an overcoat and bandages, is quite a rude lodger that makes the innkeepers batty. He's been cooped up in his room working on a formula to undo what's been done to him, he's invisible and his mind is mad! He will abandon his efforts and wreak havoc in Sussex, England, sometimes pulling pranks and other times committing murder. The movie is nimble in its telling and sleight of hand with its effects, as always with a James Whale '30's film. Even when the melodrama gets a little soapy with Griffin's fiancé (Gloria Stuart), it still maintains a certain delicious delirium with the pacing just gliding us by. And Whale's images, so sharp and so exuded in inky black & white, are indelible. Based on the 1897 H.G. Wells novel.

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