1933 – “The Invisible Man” premieres

One of the great classics of Universal studios’ horror output, “The Invisible Man” was based on the H.G. Wells novel of the same name. The first adaptation of Wells’ classic, three screenwriters – R. C. Sherriff, and the uncredited Philip Wylie and Preston Sturges – all worked on it, and it was directed by James Whale.

It made a star of Claude Rains (in what was his first Hollywood film), and spawned an incredible number of sequels, spin-offs and rip-offs (although Universal were prone to make franchises out of their monsters – Frankenstein, Dracula, the Werewolf, even the Mummy, all had many films in the Thirties and Forties.) Even Wells liked it, although he thought that the title character was more of a madman in the film than in his book.

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