The Invisible Man Returns (1940)

81m, 7221 feet, 8 reel
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American science fiction film directed by Joe May.

Plot Summary

Geoffrey Radcliffe is due to hang for a crime he didn't commit, the murder of his brother. But with the help of Dr Frank Griffin, the brother of the original invisible man, he is able to escape and is given the chance to track down the real killer and prove his innocence. But can he do it before the formula drives him insane?


* = uncredited

Directed by: Joe May
Copyright MCMXL [1940] by Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Universal presents a Universal picture
Associate Producer: Ken Goldsmith
Screen Play: Lester Cole, Kurt Siodmak
Additional Script: Cedric Belfrage *
Story by: Joe May and Kurt Siodmak
A sequel to “” by H.G. Wells
Assistant Director: Phil Karlstein
Director of Photography: Milton Krasner
Film Editor: Frank Gross
Musical Score: H.J. Salter and Frank Skinner
Musical Director: Charles Previn
Sound Supervisor: Bernard B. Brown
Technician: William Hedgcock
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Gowns: Vera West
Special Photographic Effects: John P. Fulton; David S. Horsley *
Art Director: Jack Otterson
Associate: Martin Obzina
Set Decorations: R.A. Gausman [real name: Russell A. Gausman]

Sir Cedric Hardwicke (Richard Cobb)
Vincent Price (Geoffrey ‘Geoff' Radcliffe)
Nan Grey (Helen Manson)
John Sutton (Doctor Frank Griffin)
Cecil Kellaway (Inspector Sampson)
Alan Napier (Willie Spears)
Forrester Harvey (Ben Jenkins)
Ernie Adams [bit part] *
Jimmy Aubrey, Colin Kenny [plainclothesmen] *
Billy Bevan [Jim] *
Clara Blore [woman] *
Stanley Blystone *
Matthew Boulton, Edward Brady, Frank Hill, Cyril Thornton [policemen] *
Louise Brien [Griffin's secretary] *
Charles Brokaw *
Jean Brooks *
Frank Coletti *
Harry Cording [miner saying keep the wig on Willie] *
Paul England [detective] *
Rex Evans [Constable Briggs] *
Edward Fielding [prison governor] *
Mary Field [passerby at Willie's house] *
Mary Gordon [Cookie] *
Sidney Grayler *
Frank Hagney [Constable Bill] *
Barry Hays *
Leyland Hodgson [chauffeur] *
Hugh Huntley [secretary] *
George Hyde, Ellis Irving, George Kirby, George Lloyd, Edmund MacDonald, Denis Tankard [ at Radcliffe Colliery] *
Boyd Irwin *
Bruce Lester [chaplain] *
William Newell *
Frank O'Connor [constable at coal train] *
Frances Robinson [clinic nurse] *
Ivan F. Simpson [Mr Cotton] *
Harry Stubbs [Constable Tewsbury] *
David Thursby [Bob] *
Crane Whitley *
Eric Wilton [fingerprint expert] *

Alternative Titles

El hombre invisible vuelve – Spain
Den Osynlige mannens aterkomst – Sweden
El regreso del hombre invisible – Venezuela
Il ritorno dell'uomo invisibile – Italy
Der Unsichtbare kehrt zurück – Germany

Sequel to
The Invisible Man (1933)

The Invisible Woman (1940)
Invisible Agent (1942)
Invisible Man's Revenge (1944)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

Extracts included in
Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)
Vincent Price: The Sinister Image (1988)



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.11 p.37
  • Classic Images no.255 (September 1996) pp.C2-C8 – illustrated article (Pentagram profiles: “The Invisible Man Returns” by Blackie Seymour)
  • Classic Images no.256 (October 1996) pp.C4-C8 – illustrated article (Pentagram profiles: “The Invisible Man Returns” part II by Blackie Seymour)
  • House of Hammer vol.1 no.1 (1976) pp.42-44 – illustrated article (Effectively speaking by John Brosnan)
  • The Dark Side no.66 p.27 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.7 no.76 (April 1940) p.57
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.138 no.2 (13 January 1940)
  • Today's Cinema vol.54 no.4362 (10 January 1940)
  • Today's Cinema vol.69 no.5541 (5 September 1947)


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