Tonight on Me-TV- after Claude Rains outstanding performance last week as Griffin, the Invisible Man, we follow up with another fine actor- Vincent Price-also going the unseen route- portraying a man who uses the same invisibility formula to save himself from an unjust fate, and clear (yeah, I said it) his name while risking his sanity-as the “The Invisible Man Returns”!
Much like "House of Frankenstein"- our story opens inside a prison- where Sir Geoffrey Radcliffe, an innocent victim of blind justice, sits on Death Row, facing execution. He's been framed for the murder of his own brother! Just when all seems lost- Dr. Frank Griffin- the brother of the original “Invisible Man” ( funny how he wasn’t around in last week’s movie)- and a friend of Sir Geoffrey- drops by for a "final" visit. Shortly afterwards-sound the alarm! Sir Geoffrey's cell appears to be- empty!
Of course, the truth is that Dr. Griffin has provided Geoffrey with that same famed formula which rendered his brother invisible- though he still, as yet, hasn’t discovered a way to keep the drug from causing anyone who uses it to slowly go insane. Nonetheless, with its use being the only way to get Geoffrey out of jail, and free him to find out who really DID kill his brother- the risk may indeed be worth it. Geoffrey's lovely fiancée, Helen, meets up with him at his hideout - a rural cottage, where the now-transparent man plans his search for the real murderer. The clues hint towards someone employed at the Radcliffe family’s mining company being the true killer. The Invisible Sir returns to the company, where Dr. Griffin is also employed- but things get dicey when Police Inspector Sampson of Scotland Yard, who suspects Griffin had a hand in Geoffrey's escape, comes calling, and starts to figure out the truth. Meanwhile, Geoffrey uses his transparency to try to discover the evil within his own family company – while Griffin races the clock to find the antidote to the invisibility drug before the madness totally consumes his friend. As Geoffrey nears solving the mystery of the murder, some frightening changes occur in his mental state! Will the drug that he's risked using to help prove he is not a murderer- drive him to a point of madness at which he actually WILL become a murderer? And- will the wily police inspector finally trap him and return him to Death Row?
This 1940 entry in the “Invisible Man” series put Vincent Price in his very first horror film, and he makes a fine Invisible Man- his voice, much like Claude Rains’, has a lot of power to carry the character and all his emotions, even when he remains unseen. Among the villains is an alumni of the Adam West “Batman” series (in which he didn’t play a villain- we’ll explain on the show)- and Sir Cedric Hardwicke, whose other roles you may recognize. The beautiful Nan Grey is a thankfully visible leading lady- who was visible in another of our classic horror movies, which we’ll point out! Another familiar actor, Cecil Kellaway, plays the shrewd police inspector who “sees through” the invisible scheme quickly. The invisible effects, just like in the previous film, are pretty good, and there are some very effective moments of danger. We'll have some fun Sven stuff for you, as usual, including a return visit from Kerwyn’s nemesis- Toony the Tuna from “Toon In With Me”!
“Invisible Man Returns” tonight at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central , and, to check what time and channel you can find us at in your area, please check local listings and /or at www.metv.com ! MeTV invites you to live-Tweet during the show on Twitter , using the hashtag #svengoolie – once again, we were among the top trending topics last week! Chicago viewers can get a second look at the original "Invisible Man" (which drew fantastic ratings on MeTV last Saturday) this morning at 11 am on our main local station, CW26!
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We hope those of our friends who have been buried in snow and locked into cold temperatures are doing all right- now you know what it’s like in my Fortress of Svenitude!
Please stay warm tonight, while you join us for someone you probably, for the most part, won’t see, even if you tune in to MeTV!