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Fashion model Kitty Carroll is fed up with her job, especially her abusive boss Mr. Growley. She answers Prof. Gibbs' (John Barrymore) classified ad for a volunteer to test an invisibility invention, hoping that if it's successful, she can use it to exact some revenge on Growley. Broke playboy Richard Russell, Gibbs' financier, hopes the invisibility invention will restore his fortunes, and against the wishes of his exasperated and accident-prone butler (Charlie Ruggles), decides to gamble all he has left on Gibbs. Shemp Howard plays Hammerhead Frankie, one of three bumbling hoods who work for an exiled South American gangster "Blackie" Cole. Cole also wants the secret invisibility formula, so he can return to his country. The invisibility formula actually works, but to Kitty's surprise, it's temporary effects may be permanent after the subject drinks alcohol.

Universal's "Invisible Man" franchise turns to comedy with this B budget entry, notable for its starring of stage and screen legend John Barrymore in one of his final roles. Curly Howard may not "look more and more like Barrymore" (MOVIE MANIACS 1936), but Shemp Howard had the opportunity to work with his brother's idol in several scenes.

View the RealArt reissue theatrical trailer at TCM.com

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Shemp Howard (Solo)
Release Date
December 27, 1940
Production Type
Feature Film
73 min.
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Posted 2015-02-10 13:56:56 by Shemp_Diesel

Largely forgettable entry in the Invisible Man series of films--Shemp doesn't get a chance to flex his comedic muscles and most of the comedy that is present falls flat. The Invisible series of films from Universal in the 1940s were hardly as much fun as the "Mummy" series....

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Posted 2002-04-01 22:01:00 by [Deleted Member]
I saw this on the Sci-Fi chNNEL A few years ago on the week of Halloween. They were having a week-long showing of classic "Invisible" movies and I was enjoying every one of the "Invisible Man" thrillers. Then came the nght that they were to play this one. I never heard of it and expected it to be another thriller. I saw nothing scary about it, but plenty of light, humorous moments- and I wasn't exactly in a mood for comedy. If I wanted an "Invisible" comedy, I wold've seen that movie with Chevy Chase and Daryl Hannah. I was disappointed, until...the big moment (for me, anyway). I couldn't believe my eyes! There was Shemp- playing a thug! What a pleasant surprise! Just seeing him brought back my mood for comedy. I came to thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the film, thanks to him.Although I barely remember the film now, I remember that he was hilarious as usual. I really wish I could see this film again. I don't think the Sci-Fi channel played it again since that night. They probably never will. Larry: You know, fish is good brain food.Moe: You know, you should fish for a whale! (SLAP)

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