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(1916) see The Man Without Soul

I LOVE A MYSTERY (1944/Columbia) 68min. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Henry Levin; Prod: Wallace MacDonald; Sc: Charles O'Neal; Ph: Burnett Guffey; Mus: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. From a radio play by Carlton E. Morse.
Cast: George MacReady, Jim Bannon, Nina Foch, Barton Yarborough, Carole Mathews, Lester Matthews.
An oriental secret society wants to possess a businesman's head, (MacReady), after his death as he resembles their founder whose head they have kept is starting to decompose. An oriental mystic uses black magic and the man's wife, (Foch), to drive him to suicide. Detectives Jack Packard, (Bannon), and Doc Young, (Yarborough), from the A-1 detective agency handle the investigation.
A dated and unthrilling mystery based on a popular radio series of the time.
Other film productions based on the same source are The Devil's Mask (1946), and The Unknown
(1946).

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I MARRIED A WITCH
(1942/Cinema Guild/Clair) 78mins. BW. US.
Aka: THE PASSIONATE WITCH.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Rene Clair; Sc: Rene Clair, Robert Pirosh & Marc Connelly; Ph: Ted Tatzleff; Art: Hans Dreier; Sfx: Gordon Jennings; Mus: Roy Webb. From "The Passionate Witch" by Thorne Smith.
Cast: Frederic March, Veronica Lake, Robert Benchley, Cecil Kellaway, Susan Hayward, Elizabeth Patterson, Robert Warwick, Monte Blue, Chester Conklin, Billy Bevan.
"She knows all about love potions - and lovely motions!"
About to be burned at the stake, a Salem witch and her sorcerer father curse puritan Judge Wooley's family to be forever unhappy in love. Centuries later a descendant of Judge Wooley, (March), running for governor is about to marry, but the witches spirit emerges from an oak tree and appears as a beautiful woman, (Lake), to bedevil him, doing everything in her power to prevent the marriage.
A delightful romantic comedy with an excellent cast and good effects.
The music was nominated for an Academy Award.


I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE
(1943/RKO.) 68mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Jacques Tourneur; Prod: Val Lewton; Sc: Curt Siodmak & Ardel Wray; Ph: J. Roy Hunt; Ed: Mark Robson; Art: Walter E. Keller & Albert D'Agostino; Mus: Roy Webb.
Based on the factual documents by Inez Wallace and loosely on the novel "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte.

Cast: James Ellison, Frances Dee, Tom Conway, Christine Gordon, Edith Barrett, Darby Jones, James Bell, Sir Lancelot, Richard Abrams, Teresa Harris, Martin Wilkins.
"She's Alive...Yet Dead! She's Dead...Yet Alive!"
Hauntingly atmospheric, especially when the nurse is slowly approaching the site of the voodoo ceremony through a large sugar plantation and encounters a tall zombie, (Darby Jones). Even though the film is sorely dated in parts, the mood created by the stark monochrome photography is a timeless cinematic icon usually referred to as Val Lewton's style.

IF ONE COULD SEE INTO THE FUTURE (1911/Ambrosio) BW. Silent. Italy.
Features the Grim Reaper.

L'ILLUSIONISTE DOUBLE ET LA TETE VIVANTE (1900) BW. Silent.
Aka: THE TRIPLE CONJUROR AND THE LIVING HEAD.
Credits: Georges Méliès.

ILLUSIONS FANTASMAGORIQUES OU LA BOITE MYSTERIEUSE
(1897/Star Films) 65 feet. BW. Silent. France. Aka: THE FAMOUS BOX TRICK.
Credits: Georges Méliès.
Features a boy being chopped in half.
Another in a succession of films made by the famous illusionist and one of the first films to utilise stop-motion techniques.

THE IMAGINARY VOYAGE (1925) see Le Voyage Imaginaire

THE IMP ABROAD (1914/Victor) 15mins. BW. Silent. US.
An imp disguised as a man elopes with an heiress, but then reverts to his satanic form.

THE IMP OF THE BOTTLE (1909/Edison) 1 reel. BW. Silent. US.
From a story by Robert Louis Stevenson.
An imp has the ability to grant wishes, but those who die with the bottle in their possession are damned for eternity.

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AN IMPOSSIBLE VOYAGE
(1904) see Voyage a Travers l'Impossible

IN DARKEST AFRICA (1936/Republic) BW. Serial. 15 Chapters. US.
Aka: DARKEST AFRICA; BATMEN OF AFRICA; KING OF THE JUNGLELAND.
Credits: Dir: B. Reeves Eason & Joseph Kane; Prod: Nat Levine & Barney Sarecky; Sc: John Rathmell, Barney Sarecky & Ted Parsons; Ph: William Nobles & Edgar Lyons; Ed: Joseph H. Lewis & Richard Fantl; Sound Fx: Roy Granville; Sfx: Jack Coyle, Ellis Thackery, Howard & Theodore Lydecker. From a story by John Rathmell and Tracy Knight.
Cast: Clyde Beatty, Lucien Prival, Edmund Cobb, Elaine Shepard, Manuel King, Naba, Ray Benard, Wheeler Oakman, Edward McWade, Ray Turner, Donald Reed, Harrison Greene, Henry Sylvester, Joseph Boyd, Prince Modupe, Joseph Delacruz, Edwin Parker.
An animal trainer, (Beatty), in the jungle with a boy named Baru, (King), and his pet ape Bonga are searching for the boy's sister held captive in Solomon's lost city of Joba. After several adventures they find the city, but encounter the winged batmen who guard the gates and the high priest Dagna, (Prival), who believes she is the Godess of the Golden Bat.
Originally planned as a sequel to Mascot's THE LOST JUNGLE, the success of this, Republic studio's first serial, led the company to produce another 65 serials by the end of the Fifties.
Ray Bernard, who portrays the Bat leader Samabe and Bonga the gorilla, later became Ray "Crash" Corrigan and found himself being cast as an ape in many other features and serials including Undersea Kingdom.
A feature version of seven reels was released simultaneously for selected theatres unable to screen serials.
The serial was reissued in 1948 as KING OF THE JUNGLELAND, and re-edited in 1966 to 100 minutes under the title BAT MEN OF AFRICA. Other titles are all feature variations, not serial variations.

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IN THE BOGEY MAN'S CAVE
(1908) see La Cuisine de l'Ogre

IN THE GRIP OF A CHARLATAN (1913/Kalem) 2 reels. BW. Silent. US.
A man with hypnotic powers holds a girl his prisoner.

IN THE GRIP OF THE VAMPIRE (1912/Gaumont) BW. Silent. France.
From a story by Leonce Perret.
An arch criminal named The Vampire uses a drug to turn a woman into a mindless idiot. A hypnotist restores her to normal.

IN THE POWER OF A HYPNOTIST (1913/Warner Bros.) 45mins. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: Sidney Olcott.
Cast: Sidney Olcott, Gene Gautier.

IN THE SHADOW OF THE SEA (1912) see Der Schatten des Meeres

IN THE TOILS OF THE DEVIL (1913/Milano) 4 reels. BW. Silent. Italy.
A man makes a deal with the Devil.

INCIDENT FROM DON QUIXOTE (1908) see Aventures de Don Quichotte

AN INDIAN LEGEND (1912/Mutual) BW. Silent. US.
A lake is haunted by the spirit of an Indian girl.

THE INDIAN TOMB (1921) see Das Indische Grabmal

UNE INDIGESTION (1902/Star Films) 276feet BW. Silent. France.
Aka: UP-TO-DATE SURGERY; CHIRURGIE FIN DE SIECLE; SURE CURE FOR INDIGESTION.
Credits: Georges Méliès.
A demented doctor diagnoses acute indigestion for a patient, and then proceeds to hack the patient into tiny pieces only to reassemble the pieces together in the wrong order. The doctor adjusts the man's limbs correctly and the cured paitent leaves the surgery in high spirits.
A mad cap comedy from cinema's film pioneer, with some accomplished effects for the time.

DAS INDISCHE GRABMAL (1921/May Film) BW. Silent. Germany.
Aka: THE INDIAN TOMB; THE HINDU TOMBSTONE.
Credits: Dir: Joe May; Prod: Erich Pommer & Joe May; Sc: Thea von Harbou & Fritz Lang.
Cast: Conrad Veidt, Lya de Putti, Mia May, Olaf Fonss, Bernhard Goetzke.
A prince plans a Poe-like fate for his wife by entombing her alive.

THE INFERNAL CAKE-WALK (1903) see Le Cake-Walk Infernal

THE INFERNAL CAULDRON AND THE PHANTASMAL VAPOURS (1903)
see Le Chaudron Infernal

L'INFERNO (1909/Milano Films) 3547 feet. 50mins. BW. Silent. Italy.
Aka: DANTE'S INFERNO.
Credits: Dir: Guiseppe de Ligouro; Ph: Emilio Proncarolo; Art: Francesco Bertolini & Adolfo Fadovan. From Dante Agliheri's "Hell", one of the three canticles of the "Divine Comedy".
Cast: Salvatore Papa, Arturo Pirovano, Guiseppe de Ligouro, Pier Delle Vigne, A. Milta, Emilise Beretta.
Virgil escorts Dante through Hell so that he may see the terrors which await sinners.
An early version of "Dante's Inferno" showing in explicit detail all the tortures, demons, and horrors from fixed long to medium shots, but even by today's standards the horrors are gruesomely portrayed. Some edited prints still exist although the cuts dramatically hinder what was once a striking film.
A complete print can be found in the National Film Archives.

INFERNO-MENSCHEN DER ZEIT (1922) see Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler

INGAGI (1930/Congo Pictures Ltd.) 75mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: William Campbell; Prod: William Alexander; Sc: Adam Hull Shirk; Ph: Hartold Williams, George Summerton, Ed Joyce, L. Gillingham & Fred Webster; Ed: Grace McKee; Mus: Edward Gage.
Cast: Sir Hubert Winstead, Daniel Swayne, Charles Gemora, narrated by Louis Nizor.
"Giant gorillas! Wild Women! Amazing discoveries of jungle life! The scietific marvel of the age!"
An expedition to Africa investigates legends of gorilla worship and uncover a tribe of giant apes and several wild women in a depopulated human village. After an attack by the beasts, the safari returns with pictorial evidence of their discoveries.
A sensationalist jungle adventure made up mostly of actual jungle footage.
Scenes of a topless virgin sacrifice and the accusations of a hoax severely limited the film's distribution, but the controversy set the blueprint for future jungle adventures and the Italian cannibal films.
Later the film was granted a national release despite protests, and grossed a reported $4 million. Son of Ingagi (1940), is a sequel in name only.

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THE INHERITANCE
(1947) see Uncle Silas

L'INHUMAINE (1923) BW. Silent. France.
Aka: THE INHUMAN ONES; THE INHUMAN WOMAN; THE LIVING DEAD MAN.
Credits: Dir: Marcel L'Herbier; Sc: Georgette Le Blanc & Marcel L'Herbier; Art: Fernand Legar, R. Mallet-Stevens & Alberto Cavalcanti.
Cast: Eve Francis, Georgette Le Blanc, Jacques Catelain, Philippe Heriat, Kellerman, L.V. de Malte.
A famous opera singer, (Le Blanc), is loved by many men including an American industrialist, an Indian maharajah, a Russian revolutionary poet and a French engineer. She entertains them at parties and enjoys watching them vye for her favour until the engineer fakes a suicide when she refuses his hand in marriage. While in the Frenchman's laboratory she is enchanted by seeing her many fans on the engineer's television who has now revealed his rouse for her affections. When the other suitors clearly understand that she prefers the engineer to themselves, she is subjected to a series of pranks and is poisoned when the maharajah places a venomous snake in a bouquet of flowers. Luckily with his knowledge of science, the engineer manages to revive her.
Notable mostly for the use of decor that was to influence Art Deco.
Georgette Le Blanc commissioned and helped to finance the film.

THE INHUMAN ONES (1923) see L'Inhumaine

THE INHUMAN WOMAN (1923) see L'Inhumaine

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THE INNER BRUTE
(1915/Essanay) 2 reels. BW. Silent. US.
A man whose mother was frightened by a tiger before he was born, begins to inherit beastial instincts.

THE INNER HAND (1911/Selig Polyscope Co.) 2 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Features a detective who practises hypnotism.

AN INNOCENT SINNER (1915/Kalem) 4 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Cast: Katharine La Salle, Guy Coombs.
A villainous doctor exercises hypnotic powers.

THE INTRIGUE (1916) BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: Frank Lloyd; Sc: Julia Crawford Ivers.
Cast: Cecil Van Acker, Lenore Ulrich, Howard Davies, Florence Vidor.
An American inventor develops a death ray which he sells to a European power.

THE INTRUDER (1932/Allied Pictures Corp.) 66mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Albert Ray; Prod: M.H. Hoffman; Sc: Frances Hyland; Ph: Harry Neumann & Tom Galligan; Ed: Mildred Johnston & Leete R. Brown; Art: Gene Hornbostel; Prod Manager: Ray Culley; Mus: Abe Meyer.
Cast: Monte Blue, Lila Lee, Gwen Lee, Arthur Houseman, Sidney Bracy, Mischa Auer, Harry Cording, William B. Davidson, Wilfred Lucas, Lynton Brent, Jack Beek, Allen Cavan.
A passenger aboard the S.S. Intruder is found murdered. John Brandt, (Blue), and the Captain, (Cavan), try to solve the mystery, but the ship is wrecked in a severe storm. The survivors reach an island and are terrorised by weird sounds and fear that the killer has also survived when they find a cave filled with skeletons. After another is killed, Brandt captures a wildman, (Auer), from the jungle who is believed to be the culprit, but when the group is rescued by a passenger ship, the identity of the first victim's killer is revealed.
Produced by the same writer, producer and director team responsible for The Thirteenth Guest (1932) and A Shriek in the Night (1933).

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INVENTING TROUBLE
(1915/Cricks) 1 reel. BW. Silent. UK.
Credits: Dir: W.P. Kellino; Sc: Reuben Gillmer.
An inventor who demonstrates a labour-saving device is eaten by a prehistoric monster.

THE INVENTOR'S GALVANIC FLUID (1907) see Liquid Electricity

INVISIBLE AGENT (1942/Universal) 79mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Edwin L. Marin; Prod: Frank Lloyd; A.Prod: George Waggner; Sc: Curt Siodmak; Ph: Les White; Ed: Edward Curtiss; Art: Jack Otterson & Robert Boyle; Sets: Russell A. Gausman & Edward R. Robinson; Sfx: John P. Fulton; Tech: William Hedgcock; Mus: Hans Salter. From "The Invisible Man" by H.G. Wells.
Cast: Cedric Hardwicke, Peter Lorre, Ilona Massey, Jon Hall, Albert Basserman, J. Edward Bromberg, Keye Luke, Holmes Herbert, John Litel, Philip Van Zandt, Matt Willis, Mabel Colcord, John Holland, Marty Faust, Alberto Morin, Wolfgang Zilzer, Ferdinand Munier, Eddie Dunn, Hans Schumm, John Burton, Milburn Stone, Micheal Visaroff, Walter Tetley, Lee Tung Foo, Pat West, Leslie Dennison, William Ruhl, Otto Reichow, Pat McVey, Wally Scott, Bobby Hale, Charles Flynn, Phil Warren, Paul Bryar, John Merton, Lee Shumway, Henry Zynder, Ferdinand Schumann-Heink, Victor Zimmerman, Bill Pagan, Henry Guttman, Laner Chandler, Duke York, Donald Curtis, Charles Regan, Sven Hugo-Borg, James Craven, Eddie Parker.
Frank Griffin, (Hall), the infamous scientist's grandson now living in America, offers his services to the war effort against the Nazis. Nazi Conrad Stauffer, (Hardwicke), and his Japanese companion Baron Ikito, (Lorre), are after Griffin for his formula, but now invisible, he escapes and is parachuted into Berlin to foil a Nazi plan to invade New York and discover a list of Japanese spies operating in America. Griffin escapes from a net of fish hooks designed to capture him and eventually materialises in the arms of his lady love, (Massey).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A propaganda romp that is sufficiently over the top to be enjoyable. The spies, Lorre, Hardwicke and Bromberg have the best time of all.

THE INVISIBLE FLUID (1908) BW. Silent.
Credits: Dir: Wallace McCutcheon.
A boy is accidentally sprayed with a liquid that causes him to become invisible and lead him into trouble.
The success of H.G. Wells' 1898 novel "The Invisible Man" brought about a slew of invisibility themed projects to the new medium.

THE INVISIBLE GHOST (1941/Monogram) 66mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Joseph H. Lewis; Prod: Sam Katzman; Sc: Al Martin & Helen Martin; Ph: Marcel Le Picard & Harvey Gould; Ed: Robert Golden; Sets: Fred Preble; Mus: Lange & Porter. From a story by Helen & Al Martin.
Cast: Bela Lugosi, Polly Ann Young, John McGuire, Clarence Muse, Terry Walker, Betty Compson, George Pembroke, Fred Kels ey, Ollola Nesmith, Jack Mulhall, Ernie Adams.
Dr. Kessler, (Lugosi), suffers from a split personality that develops to an acute illness after his belief that his wife is dead. Prowling the dark streets he becomes a homicidal strangler and goes further down the road to insanity when he continues to see his wife appear at the windows. His wife, however, is not dead, only hidden away by Jules the gardner after she was found walking through the woods with amnesia. Occasionally she walks about and stares blankly out of windows. Kessler's murders are blamed on their daughter Virginia's, (Young), lover Ralph, (McGuire), and recieves the death penalty, but his twin brother from South America arrives, and with the help of the police, they soon realise that Mr. Kessler is the insane maniac.
A cut above the average Monogram horror thriller with a good performance by Bela Lugosi.
Two other titles were considered: MURDER BY THE STARS and THE PHANTOM KILLER. Footage from this and other Monogram, Lugosi projects appeared in a 1959, 50 minute compilation distributed only in Britain entitled Lock Up Your Daughters.

THE INVISIBLE KILLER (1940/PRC.) BW.
Credits: Dir: Sherman Scott.
Cast: Roland Drew, Grace Bradley, William Newill, Ernie Adams, Alex Callam.
An invisible killer stalks New York City and utilises the phone lines to send poison gas to his victims.
A slow moving thriller.

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THE INVISIBLE MAN
(1933/Universal) 71mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: James Whale; Prod: Carl Laemmle Jr.; Sc: R.C. Sherriff & Philip Wylie; Ph: Arthur Edeson; Ed: Maurice Pivar & Ted Kent; Art: Charles D. Hall; Sfx: John P. Fulton & John J. Mescall; Miniatures: John J. Mescall; Mu: Jack P. Pierce; Mus: W. Frank Harling. Based on the novel by H.G. Wells.
Cast: Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, William Harrigan, Henry Travers, Una O'Connor, Forrester Harvey, Holmes Herbert, E.E. Clive, Dudley Digges, Harry Stubbs, Donald Stuart, Merle Tottenham, Tom Ricketts, Walter Brennan, Dwight Frye, Jameson Thomas, Craufurd Kent, John Peter Richmond (John Carradine), John Merivale, Violet Kemble Cooper, Robert Brower, Bob Reeves, Jack Richardson, Robert Adair, Monte Montague, Ted Billings, D'Arcy Corrigan, Harry Cording.
"We'll start with a few murders. Big men. Little men. Just to show we make no distinction!"
Dr. Griffin, (Rains), injects an Indian drug called Monocaine into himself and discovers that it makes him invisible, but some unusual side effects occur that cause him to become insane with power. Griffin threatens his associate Dr. Kemp, (Harragan), with death if he does not help him to develop an antidote enabling him to become invisible at will. Griffin starts to rob and murder to achieve his aims until he is fatally shot by the police and slowly materialises in the snow.
A classic of the fantasy cinema with the right balance of humour in the first half featuring the comic roles of O'Connor and Harvey as innkeepers playing host to their strange guest. The second half becomes appropriately darker to match Griffin's growing insanity while the clever effects and trick photography highlight the lead's superb performance.
Made for $300,000, the film broke all box office records upon it's release and revived the fortunes of Laemmle's Universal studios.
Rains' brief appearence at the end of the film made him a star, even though the producer's first choice for the role was Karloff who turned it down due to the lack of screen time the actor would be seen. Only fellow Briton, James Whale's insistence landed Rains the role.
A mistake occurs during the last scene, when Griffin, supposedly naked and invisible, is tracked by the police following shoeprints in the snow.
Carradine appears briefly as a cockney villager.

AN INVISIBLE MAN GOES THROUGH THE CITY (1933)
see Ein Unsichtbarer Gecht die Stadt

THE INVISIBLE MAN RETURNS (1940/Universal) 81mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Joe May; A.Prod: Kenneth Goldsmith; Sc: Curt Siodmak & Lester Cole; Ph: Milton Krasner; Ed: Frank Gross; Art: Jack Otterson & Martin Obzina; Sets: Russell A. Gausman; Sfx: John P. Fulton; Tech: William Hedgcock; Mus: Hans J. Salter & Frank Skinner. From a story by Curt Siodmak, Joe May & Cedric Belfrage (uncredited), and the novel by H.G. Wells.
Cast: Cedric Hardwicke, Vincent Price, Nan Grey, John Sutton, Cecil Kellaway, Alan Napier, Forrester Harvey, Harry Stubbs, Frances Robinson, Ivan Simpson, Edward Fielding, Leland Hodgson, Mary Gordon, Billy Bevan, Dave Thursby, Matthew Boulton, Bruce Lester, Ernie Adams, Paul England, Ellis Irving, Dennis Tankard, George Lloyd, George Kirby, Harry Cording, George Hyde, Edmund MacDonald, Louise Brien, Frank Hagney, Frank O'Connor, Frank Hill, Rex Evans, Clara Blore, Hugh Huntley, Colin Kenny, Mary Field, Eric Wilton, Stanley Blystone, Berry Hays, William Newell, Charles Brokaw, Frank Colleti, Sidney Grayler, Boyd Irwin, Clem Willenchick, Jeanne Kelly.
"Stop him! But how can you stop something you can't see!"
The brother of Frank Griffin, (Sutton), Sir Geoffrey Radcliffe, (Price), injects Duocaine into himself while in prison to become invisible and enable him to escape and clear his name of the murder of his brother Sir Michael. However, the side effects are still prevelant with the new form of the drug and he goes insane. Eventually Radcliffe is shot moments before his brother's killer falls from a mining truck and confesses of the crime as he dies.
This lacks the freshness and charm of the original by taking itself too seriously.
As Joe May was once Fritz Lang's associate this includes much imagery that recalls the early German expressonist films.

THE INVISIBLE MAN'S REVENGE (1944/Universal) 77mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Ford Beebe; Ex.Prod: Howard Benedict; Sc: Bertram Millhauser; Ph: Milton Krasner; Ed: Saul A. Goodkind; Art: John B. Goodman & Harold H. MacArthur; Sets: Russell A. Gausman & Andrew J. Gilmore; Sfx: John P. Fulton; Tech: William Hedgcock; Mus: Hans J. Salter. From the novel by H.G. Wells.
Cast: Jon Hall, Leon Errol, John Carradine, Evelyn Ankers, Alan Curtis, Gale Sondergaard, Lester Matthews, Haliwell Hobbes, Leland Hodgson, Doris Lloyd, Ian Wolfe, Billy Bevan, Cyril Delavanti, Skelton Knaggs, Olaf Hytten, Leonard Carey, Yorke Sherwood, Tom P. Dillon, Guy Kingsford, Jim Aubrey, Arthur Gould-Porter, Lillian Bronson, Janna DeLoos, Beatrice Roberts.
Robert Griffin, (Hall), has been cheated of his inheritance and sent to prison by the scheming Sir Jasper Herrick, (Matthews) and his wife Irene, (Sondergaard), so he escapes from Capetown asylum for the criminally insane and approaches scientist Dr. Peter Drury, (Carradine), to make him invisible to wreak revenge on those responsible. Other victims of his insane wrath include former business partners who tried to kill him while they were on safari in Africa in search of a diamond field. While invisible, Griffin scares his victims, but has to transfuse his blood to regain visibility. Dr. Drury becomes an unwilling blood donor, but his Great Dane also becomes invisible and kills Griffin before he can drain anyone elses blood.
Once again the Invisible Man is a criminal, and once again this lacks any atmosphere or originality despite a few macabre touches.

THE INVISIBLE MONSTER (1950/Republic) BW. Serial. 12 episodes.
Credits: Dir: Fred C. Brannon.
Cast: Richard Webb, Lane Bradford, Stanley Price, John Crawford, Aline Towne, George Meeker.
"The Phantom Ruler" is an arch criminal who specialises in alien smuggling. Insurance investigator Lane Carson is hot on his trail.
Later edited to 100 minutes and retitled SLAVES OF THE INVISIBLE MONSTER for feature release.
The director also filmed The Flying Disc Man From Mars.

THE INVISIBLE POWER (1914/Kalem) BW. Silent. US.
A girl falls under the influence of a hypnotist.

THE INVISIBLE RAY (1923) see Paris Qui Dort


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


THE INVISIBLE RAY
(1936/Universal) 79mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Lambert Hillyer; Prod: Edmund Grainger; Sc: John Colton; Ph: Geroge Robinson; Ed: Bernard Burton; Art: Albert S. D'Agostino; Sfx: John P. Fulton; Tech: Ted Behr; Mus: Franz Waxman. From a story by Howard Higgin & Douglas Hodges.
Cast: Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Frances Drake, Frank Lawton, Walter Kingsford, Beulah Bondi, Frank Reicher, Violet Kemble Cooper, Nydia Westman, Daniel Haines, Georges Renavent, Inez Seabury, Walter Miller, Paul Weigel, Adele St. Maur, Hans Schumm, Lawrence Stewart, Etta McDaniel, Winter Hall, Lloyd Whitlock, Jean De Briac, Francisco Moran, Charles Fallon, Fred Toones, Edwards Davis, Edward Reinach, Clarence Gordon, Daisy Bufford, Jean De Briac, Francisco Moran, Robert Graves, Ricca Allen, Isabella LaMal, Alex Chivar, Lucio Villegas, Mae Beatty, Paul McAllister, Helen Brown, Ann Marie Conte, Walter Miller, Charles Fallon, Ernest Bowern, Charles Bastin, Andre Cheron, Alphonse Martell, Dudley Dickerson, Ernie Adams, Raymond Turner, Jules Raucourt.
"In his brain -- the world's most powerful secret!"
"Beware the Luminous Man!"

On a stormy night in his castle in Carpathia, Dr. Janos Rukh (Karloff), explains to a small group of skeptical colleagues his fantastic theories, and evidence of a meteor crash in Africa which possesses a mysterious element more powerful than radium. In his laboratory high on an Nigerian mountain top, Rukh harnesses light rays from the past, recreating ancient costellations in a glass dome that enables him to track the meteor. With Dr. Felix Benet, (Lugosi), he obtains Radium-X from the meteor which can be used as a weapon and melt mountains, but the radiaton causes Rukh to glow and kill with the merest touch. Back in Europe and now completely insane, Rukh kills those claiming credit for his discovery according to the seven deadly sins while Benet tries to cure him with an anti-dote, only to be killed for his trouble. The police find that because of the radium, the image of Benet's killer is etched on his eyes and finally trap Rukh, who bursts into flames when he realises there is no chance of escape.
A convoluted, but effective sci-fi thriller that set the pattern of Karloff's later mad scientist roles. Stuart Walker was originally hired for the director's chair, but disatisfied with the script and the short shooting schedule, he withdrew his services.
Lugosi's character, Dr. Benet, was originally called Dr. Morceau and Dr. Felix, during pre-production.

THE INVISIBLE SILVIA (1904) see Siva l'Invisible

THE INVISIBLE THIEF (1909/Pathe) 310 feet. BW. Silent. France.
Credits: Dir: Ferdinand Zecca.
A man mixes himself a potion and becomes invisible, undresses and robs a house. On his return, he dresses himself and puts on a mask and then robs a man and a woman in the street. When the police chase him back to his house, they flee in terror when attacked by their invisible quarry.

THE INVISIBLE WOMAN (1940/Universal) 70mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: A. Edward Sutherland; A.Prod: Burt Kelly; Sc: Robert Lees, Frederic I. Rinaldo & Gertrude Purcell; Ph: Elwood Bredell; Ed: Frank Gross; Art: Jack Otterson & Richard H. Riedel; Ed: Frank Gross; Sets: Russell A. Gausman; Sfx: John P. Fulton; Tech: Joe Lapis; Mus.Dir: Charles Previn. From a story by Curt Siodmak & Joe May based on "The Invisible Man" by H.G. Wells.
Cast: Virginia Bruce, John Barrymore, John Howard, Charles Ruggles, Ann Nagel, Maria Montez, Charles Lane, Oscar Homolka, Edward Brophy, Thurston Hall, Shemp Howard, Mary Gordon, Donald MacBride, Margaret Hamilton, Kathryn Adams, Kitty O'Neill, Eddie Conrad, Kay Leslie, Kay Linaker, Sarah Edwards, Harry C. Bradley, Kernan Cripps.
Fiananced by millionaire lawyer Dick Russell, (Howard), Professor Gibbs, (Barrymore), invents a serum and a machine that together will cause people to become invisible. Kitty Carroll, (Bruce), answers Gibbs' advertisement for a subject to experiment upon, so that she can become invisible and enact her revenge on her boss Mr. Growley, (Lane). Meanwhile some criminals headed by Blackie Cole, (Homolka), are planning to steal the invisibility formula.
A dated comedy with only the occasional humourous moment.
Margaret Sullivan had been Universal's initial choice for the title role.
One of John Barrymore's last films.

THE ISLAND OF DOCTOR MOREAU (1932) see The Island of Lost Souls

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THE ISLAND OF LOST SOULS
(1932/Paramount) 72mins. BW. Released Jan.'33.
Aka: THE ISLAND OF DOCTOR MOREAU.
Credits: Dir: Erle C. Kenton; Sc: Waldemar Young & Philip Wylie; Ph: Karl Struss; Art: Hans Drier; Sfx: Gordon Jennings; Mu: Wally Westmore. From the novel of 1896 by H.G. Wells.
Cast: Charles Laughton, Richard Arlen, Bela Lugosi, Leila Hyams, George Irving, Kathleen Burke, Joe Bonomo, Arthur Hohl, Stanley Fields, Tetsu Komai, Hans Steinke, Harry Ekezian, Robert Kortman, Rosemary Grimes, Paul Hurst, Randolph Scott, Alan Ladd, John George, Duke Yorke, Charles Gemora, Irving Pichel.
"He took them from his mad menagerie...Nights were horrible with the screams of tortured beasts...From his house of pain they came remade...Pig Men...Wolf Women...Thoughtful human apes and his masterpiece...The Panther Woman throbbing to the hot flush of love!"
"What is the law? Not to spill blood; not to chase other men; not to go on all fours; not to eat flesh. This is the law. Are we not men?" - Sayer of the Law (Lugosi).
Shipwrecked Edward Parker, (Arlen), is rescued by a steamer carrying a cargo of animals bound for a private island owned by Dr. Moreau, (Laughton). Parker discovers that Moreau has been banished by civilised society for his experiments that transform animals into beast people. Moreau introduces Parker to the beautiful Lota, (Burke), hoping that Lota, who was once a panther, will mate and produce an offspring to further his research. Meanwhile all the beast-men led by the Sayer of the Law, (Lugosi), live by Moreau's tryrannical "law" under which any transgressors are punished in The House of Pain. Parker's fiancee arrives, (Hyams), and rescues him from the sadistic Moreau who is being chased by the rebellious beast-men, ultimately killing him in his own House of Pain.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A bizarre madness permeates the entire production creating an unbalanced atmosphere heightening the narrative thrust and Laughton's fine portrayal.
The film was banned in Britain until 1958, something that H.G. Wells approved of after seeing the artistic license Paramount had taken with his 1896 novel.
Dan Venturini and Norman Taurog were also considered for the director's chair.
Paramount's nationwide search to fill the part of the Panther-woman wa s given to nineteen year old Kathleen Burke, a dental assistant in Chicago, who was chosen out of 60 thousand other hopefuls.
Somewhere amongst the beast-men are Randolph Scott and Alan Ladd.
The same sets were used again the next year for White Woman, also starring Laughton.

THE ISLAND OF TERROR (1913) see Isle d'Epouvante

ISLE D'EPOUVANTE (1913/Eclipse) BW. Silent. France. Aka: THE ISLAND OF TERROR.
From "The Island of Doctor Moreau" by H.G. Wells.
George Ramsey is washed ashore on a Pac ific island where he encounters Dr. Wagner and later notices blood seeping out from under his host's door. Ramsey discovers Wagner experimenting on a black victim, but when the experiment fails Wagner turns to his guest as his next subject. Ramsey escapes on a raft, while the doctor's three other experimental failures trap him in his blazing laboratory to die.
A facinating early version of Wells' gruesome novel.

ISLE OF THE DEAD (1913) BW. Silent. Denmark.
Credits: Dir: Wilhelm Gluckstadt.
Features a ghost.

ISLE OF THE DEAD (1945/RKO.) 72mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Mark Robson; Prod: Val Lewton; Ex.Prod: Jack J.Gross; Sc: Ardel Wray & Josef Mischel; Ph: Jack Mackenzie; Ed: Lyle Boyer; Art: Albert D'Agostino & Walter E. Keller; Mus: Leigh Harline & Constantin Bakaleinikoff. Inspired by the painting "Die Todinsel" by Arnold Boecklin.

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Cast: Boris Karloff, Ellen Drew, Marc Cramer, Katherine Emery, Helene Thimig, Alan Napier, Jason Robards Snr., Ernst Dorian, Mark Robson, Sherry Hall, Skelton Knaggs.
"201 blood-curdling scenes you'll never tear out of your mind!"
"Buried Alive!...A beautiful girl on a desolate isle...Where a monster that was once a man...Deals out terrifying tortures!"

After a raging battle during the Balkan war of 1812, General Pherides, (Karloff), visits his wife's grave on a Greek island accompanied by American newspaper reporter Oliver Davis, (Cramer), and finds that her tomb has been broken into and the corpse is missing. One island resident blames graverobbers, but another claims that vampires are at work. When the boat is destroyed, the little group are cut off from the plague ridden mainland suspecting that one of their number is a vampire or a vorvolaka as they are locally known. A young woman named Thea, (Drew), is suspected, even to the point that she believes the accusation herself. When one old woman dies, (Timig), presumably by the plague, she is put into a coffin. However, she suffers from catalepsy and issues forth a bloodcurdling scream from her tomb.
A moody and atmospheric tale steeped in eerie imagery, but despite the solid acting this fails to maintain interest or any excitement.

IT HAPPENED TOMORROW (1944/UA) 84mins. BW.
Credits: Dir: Rene Clair; Prod: Arnold Pressburger; Sc: Dudley Nichols & Rene Clair; Ph: Archie Stout; Mus: Robert Stolz.
Cast: Dick Powell, Linda Darnell, Jack Oakie, John Philliber, Edgar Kennedy, Ed Brophy, George Cleveland, Sig Rumann, Paul Guilfoyle.
A reporter meets an old man who can see the future and show the reporter tomorrows headlines. The reporter enjoys the scoops and acclaim he recieves until the old man reveals the reporter's death in the next days headline.
An engaging fantasy heightened by a unique cinematic style.
The music received an Academy Award Nomination.

ITCHING PALMS (1923/Film Booking Office/R-C Pictures) 6 reels. BW. Silent. US.
Credits: Dir: James W. Horne; Art: W.L. Heywood; Ed: J. Wilkinson.
From the play "When Jerry Comes Home" by R. Briant.
Cast: Tom Gallery, Virgina Fox, Tom Wilson, Victor Poten.
Features a haunted house.

IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO MEND (1937/George King Prod.) 64mins. BW. UK.
Credits: Dir: David MacDonald; Prod: George King; Sc: H.F. Maltby; Ph: Hone M. Glendinning; Ed: John Seabourne; Art: Phillip Bawcombe & Jack Hallwood; Prod Manager: Harold Richmond.
From a story by Charles Reade & Arthur Shirley.
Cast: Tod Slaughter, Marjorie Taylor, Jack Livesey, Lawrence Hanray, Ian Colin, D.J. Williams, Roy Russell, Johnny Singer, Len Sharp.
The unscrupulous Squire Meadows, (Slaughter), and sadistic prison governor, schemes for the hand of a beautiful farmer's daughter Susan Merton, (Taylor). The Squire bribes the local constable to bring a charge of poaching against Susan's love George Fielding, (Colin), but the plan is folied when Tom Robinson, (Livesey), a good friend of George, shoulders the blame. Meanwhile, George has gone to seek his fortune in Australia, writing regulary to Susan, but his letters are intercepted by Squire Meadows, and after securing a mortgage on her father's farm, he persuades her to accept his hand of marriage.
A lurid melodrama of the "fie Sir Jasper" school utilising Slaughter's prowess for portraying drooling, heavy breathing villains.

 

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