The Invisible Man (1933)

35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American science fiction film directed by James Whale.

Plot Summary

A scientist invents a formula that can turn him invisible, turns himself invisible. But it has an unforeseen side effect – it also drives him insane and he goes on the rampage, terrorising a small English country village, eventually turning to murder.


* = uncredited

Directed by: James Whale
Copyright MCMXXXIII [1933] by Universal Pictures Corp. Carl Laemmle, president
A Universal picture. Carl Laemmle presents
Produced by: Carl Laemmle Jr
Screenplay: R.C. Sheriff; Philip Wylie *, Preston Sturges *
Novel: H.G. Wells *
Assistant Director: James D. McDonough *
Camera: Arthur Edeson
Film Editor: Ted Kent
Music: Heinz Roemheld *, Paul Dupont *, W. Franke Harling *
Sound Recordist: William Hedgcock *
Western Electric Sound System
Make Up: Jack P. Pierce *
Special Effects: John P. Fulton
Miniatures Photography: John J. Mescall *
Art Director: Charles D. Hall
Property Master: Wally Kirkpatrick *

Claude Rains (the invisible one [Dr Jack Griffin])
Gloria Stuart (Flora Cranley)
William Harrigan (Doctor Kemp)
Henry Travers (Doctor Cranley)
Una O'Connor (Jenny Hall)
Forrester Harvey (Bill Hall)
Holmes Herbert (Chief of )
E.E. Clive (Jaffers)
Dudley Digges (Chief Detective)
Harry Stubbs (Inspector Bird)
Donald Stuart (Inspector Lane)
Merle Tottenham (Millie)
Robert Adair, Bob Reeves, Jack Richardson [officials] *
Ted Billings, D'Arcy Corrigan [villagers] *
Walter Brennan [bicycle owner] *
Robert Brower [farmer] *
John Carradine [man who suggests using ink] *
Violet Kemble Cooper [woman] *
Dwight Frye [reporter] *
Crawford Kent [doctor] *
John Merivale [newsboy] *
Monte Montague [policeman] *
Jameson Thomas [hospital physician] *

Alternative Titles

El hombre invisible – Spain
L'Homme invisible – France
Niewidzialny czlowiek – Poland
Den Osynlige mannen – Sweden
Der Unsichtbare – Austria, Germany
L'uomo invisibile – Italy

The Invisible Man Returns (1940)
Invisible Agent (1942)
's Revenge (1944)
Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)

Extracts included in
100 Years of Horror (1996)
Santa sangre (1989)
Universal Horror (1998)

See also
Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)



  • Cahiers du Cinéma no.346 (April 1983) pp.57-58 – review
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.11 p.37
  • Cinefocus vol.1 no.1 (January 1990) pp.25-32 – article
  • Cinema Quarterly Spring 1934 – review
  • Classic Film Collector no.44 (Autumn 1974 pp.40-41, 45 – article
  • Classic Images no.285 (March 1999) p.45 – review
  • The Dark Side no.66 p.26 – review
  • Empire no.163 (January 2003) pp.168-169 – illustrated DVD review
  • Fangoria no.198 (November 2000) p.64 – illustrated DVD review
  • Filmfax no.57 (August/September 1996) pp.49-50 – illustrated short article
  • House of Hammer vol.1 no.1 (1976) pp.42-44 – illustrated article (Effectively speaking by John Brosnan)
  • Kine Weekly no.1390 (7 December 1933) – review
  • Kine Weekly no.1631 (21 July 1938) – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.1 no.3 (April 1934) p.21 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Photon no.23 (1973) pp.10-23, 35 – article
  • Picturegoer vol.3 no.154 (5 May 1934) p.32 – review
  • Premiere vol.4 no.10 (November 1996) p.84 – illustrated note


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  • by Walt Lee p.222 – credits
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Other sources

  • BFI Southbank Guide October/November 2014 pp.7, 39 – illustrated listings