The Invisible Man Returns (1940)

I watched this 1940 Universal Pictures release of the H.G. Wells story, The Invisible Man Returns on Svengoolie. The horror/science fiction film, the second in The Invisible Man series, was directed by Joe May (was an Austrian film director and film producer and one of the pioneers of German cinema). The movie takes place 9 years after the first finding Sir Geoffrey Radcliffe sentenced to death for killing his brother, which he did not. Dr. Frank Griffin, the brother to the original invisible man, inject him with Duocane (it was Monocane in the first movie) and makes him invisible.

He escapes from prison and Scotland Yard starts their investigation to solve this mystery. Our new invisible man is Vincent Price (Tower of London, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, The Three Musketeers, House of Wax, The Ten Commandments, The Fly, House on Haunted Hill, Pit and the Pendulum, Tales of Terror, Tower of London, Beach Party, The Haunted Palace, Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine, Edward Scissorhands) who is only visible for 1 minute of the movie.

Other stars are Cedric Hardwicke (The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Ghost of Frankenstein, The Ten Commandments, Around the World in 80 Days), Nan Grey (Dracula’s Daughter, Tower of London),

John Sutton (Tower of London, Return of the Fly), Cecil Kellaway (The Mummy’s Hand, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Destination Space, The Shaggy Dog), Alan Napier (Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne’s butler in the Batman television series).

The special effects by John P. Fulton (special effects supervisor and cinematographer), Bernard B. Brown (sound engineer and composer) and William Hedgcock (sound engineer) received an Oscar nomination in the category Best Special Effects.

There is a glimpse of Claude Raines, the original Invisible Man, on a Scotland Yard record showing his mug shot and finger prints. The movie id pretty good and I’ll give it 2.75 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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