The Invisible Woman (1940 film)

The Invisible Woman is an American comedy film directed by A. Edward Sutherland, staged in 1940, which parodies the horror and science fiction film genre. The screenplay is based on a narrative of the two burly German authors Curt Siodmak and Joe May In Germany the film was first shown on 31 July 1986 in the third program of the WDR.


The Playboy Richard Russell has squandered his inheritance and must ensure the promotion of the eccentric scientist Professor Gibbs set. The professor experimented with invisibility and thinks he is close to a breakthrough. He studied a subject and an indicator on. The adventurous Model Kitty Carroll gets in touch. The experiment is successful, and the professor informs Russell that he would soon get his money back if the machine is sold. The invisible Kitty wants, meanwhile revenge on her boss who treats them derogatory, and disappears from the lab. As Russell, the subject can not see, he believes that Gibbs has gone mad and goes back to his lake house.

A group of crooks to steal the machine to make her boss Blackie invisible so he can come back from his hideout in Mexico. Kitty, who has avenged himself, returns to the lab. The professor she goes to Russell, with whom she falls in love. Meanwhile, the crooks steal the machine and bring it to Mexico. The next day, Kitty is still invisible because she drank alcohol the night before. You, Russel and the professor returns to the lab and discover the robbery. The crooks who have found in Mexico, that they not only need the machine, but also a secret formula to come back and abduct the meanwhile visible Kitty and Gibbs. Russell, now also in love with Kitty, follows them to Mexico.

In the hideout of the gangsters Kitty utilizes the observation that alcohol makes them invisible again. She is drinking pure alcohol can become invisible, capture the rogue gang. Russell arrives, Kitty can save him. The two get married and have a child who is invisible by rubbing with rubbing alcohol. " Hereditary ", as Professor Gibbs noticed.


" Mixture of horror and screwball comedy that parodies the films to a Mad Scientist, a mad scientist with strong lead performances and some amusing ideas. "


  • Nomination in the category of Best Special Effects for John P. Fulton and John D. Hall


The B- production of Universal Pictures with a budget of $ 300,000 the most expensive of the year 1940. According to The Invisible Man (1933, directed by James Whale ) and The Invisible Man Returns (1940, directed by Joe May ) this movie was the third in the series of films by the figures of HG Wells.

In a supporting role as Frankie is a member of the Three Stooges, Shemp Howard is to see. John Barrymore turned after this film only two more before he died of liver cirrhosis in May 1942. The Austrian-born Oskar Homolka is seen in its seventh U.S. role.

Set decorator of the film was the future two-time Oscar winner Russell A. Gausman. For sound, the Oscar decorated Bernard B. Brown was responsible. Except for the last part of the "Invisible " series ( on Sherlock Holmes ' tracks, 1951) John P. Fulton was responsible for the special effects for all other films.