Ein Unsichtbarer geht durch die Stadt (1933)

aka An Invisible Man Goes Through the Town
Article 3128 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 12-20-2009
Posting Date: 3-8-2010
Directed by Harry Piel
Featuring Harry Piel, Fritz Odemar, Lissy Arna
Country: Germany
What it is: German invisibility drama/comedy

A cabbie discovers that a suitcase left behind by a passenger contains an outfit that turns him invisible. He uses the outfit to make his fortune at the racetrack. However, his outfit is stolen by someone planning on using it to rob banks, and he embarks on a chase of the criminal.

IMDB doesn’t classify this one as a comedy, but, despite the fact that my copy is in unsubtitled German, I do get the feeling that the first part of the movie at least is played for laughs. As is usual when I cover movies not in English, you should take the above plot description with a grain of salt. The special effects aren’t quite up to the level of the Universal’s THE INVISIBLE MAN, but they work well enough. The movie is fairly ordinary, but it does have some good moments; some of the scenes have a nice scary sense of what it might be like to face off with an unseen adversary, and the extended chase leads to an amazing sequence involving an airship. Unfortunately, the action sequence ends with a disappointing thud, so I’m afraid I can’t quite recommend the movie. Harry Piel would go on to direct a couple more science fiction movies with DIE WELTE OHNE MASKE and DER HERR DER WELT.

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