The Invisible Woman (1940)

I watched the 1940 Universal Pictures film, the third in the invisible series (The Invisible Man and The Invisible Man Returns), The Invisible Woman on Svengoolie. This movie is a Sci-Fi comedy unlike the first two. John Barrymore (The Sea Beast, Don Juan, Eternal Love, General Crack, The Man from Blankley’s, Rasputin and the Empress) plays the old inventor, Professor Gibbs, who has invented and invisibility machine funded by Richard Russell played by

John Howard (Lost Horizon, The Philadelphia Story, he played Bulldog Drummond in seven films which were produced by Paramount, he was Fred MacMurray’s boss on My Three Sons).

The professor puts out an ad for someone to become invisible and it is answered by Kitty Carroll played by Virginia Bruce (Jane Eyre, The Great Ziegfeld, Reluctant Bride) so she can get back at her boss …

Charles Lane (Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, You Can’t Take It With You, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Arsenic and Old Lace, It’s a Wonderful Life, Riding High, Petticoat Junction, The Beverly Hillbillies, one episode of Dark Shadows #6, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes). A gangster,

Oscar Homolka (Ball of Fire, The Seven Year Itch with Marilyn, War and Peace, A Farewell to Arms, Mr. Sardonicus) sends his hapless thugs, including Shemp Howard (one of the Three Stooges) to steal the invisibility machine.

The movie is very funny with the butler, Charles Ruggles (the March hare in the 1933 Alice in Wonderland, Bringing Up Baby, The Farmer’s Daughter, Disney’s The Parent Trap and Son of Flubber and The Ugly Dachshund and Follow Me, Boys!),

getting constant laughs throughout and also the Professors assistant Margaret Hamilton (the wicked witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz) . I enjoyed the movie and will give it a 3 out of 5. For more information read Wikipedia, IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes.

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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