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I BELIEVE (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).
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.
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
IF ONE COULD SEE INTO THE
FUTURE (1911/Ambrosio) BW. Silent. Italy.
Features the Grim Reaper.
L'ILLUSIONISTE DOUBLE ET LA TETE VIVANTE (1900)
Aka: THE TRIPLE CONJUROR AND THE LIVING HEAD.
Credits: Georges Méliès.
ILLUSIONS FANTASMAGORIQUES OU LA
(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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
A man with hypnotic powers holds a girl his prisoner.
IN THE GRIP OF THE VAMPIRE (1912/Gaumont) BW.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Cast: Katharine La Salle, Guy Coombs.
A villainous doctor exercises hypnotic powers.
THE INTRIGUE (1916) BW. Silent.
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.
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
Produced by the same writer, producer and director team responsible for The
Thirteenth Guest (1932) and A Shriek in the Night (1933).
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
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
|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,
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.
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
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
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
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.
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,
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,
"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
The director also filmed The Flying Disc Man
THE INVISIBLE POWER (1914/Kalem) BW. Silent. US.
A girl falls under the influence of a hypnotist.
THE INVISIBLE RAY (1923) see Paris
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
"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
THE INVISIBLE SILVIA (1904)
see Siva l'Invisible
THE INVISIBLE THIEF (1909/Pathe) 310 feet. BW.
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
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
THE ISLAND OF LOST SOULS (1932/Paramount) 72mins. BW. Released
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
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
Somewhere amongst the beast-men are Randolph Scott and Alan Ladd.
The same sets were used again the next year for White Woman, also
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
|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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