The Invisible Man's Revenge

1944

A criminal enlists the aid of a scientist to turn him invisible so he can terrorize a wealthy couple in the hopes of gaining their fortune and their daughter.

Cast:
Jon Hall .... Robert Griffin
Leon Errol .... Herbert Higgins
John Carradine .... Dr. Peter Drury
Alan Curtis .... Mark Foster
Evelyn Ankers .... Julie Herrick
Gale Sondergaard .... Lady Irene Herrick
Lester Matthews .... Sir Jasper Herrick
Halliwell Hobbes .... Cleghorn, the butler
Leyland Hodgson .... Sir Frederick Travers
Doris Lloyd .... Maud, the barmaid
Ian Wolfe .... Jim Feeney, lawyer
Billy Bevan .... The Police Sergeant

 

Evelyn Ankers

Gale Sondergaard

Edith Holm (Gale) Sondergaard was born of Danish stock on February 15, 1899 in Litchfield, Minnesota. She was a late bloomer by film standards, not gaining her first role until she was 36 years old, when she made her first film appearance in Anthony Adverse (1936) and became the first recipient of the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for this performance. It was a start of a promising career. In 1937, Gale starred in MAID OF SALEM and THE LIFE OF EMILE ZOLA, Gale was one of the main inspirations for the look of the Evil Queen/Witch in Walt Disney's _Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. She was to have played the Wicked Witch of the West in 'The Wizard of Oz' but was dropped after screen tests showed her to be too glamorous for the role. She stayed fairlybusy through the balance of the 30's, but appeared in film after film in the 40's. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER, THE MARK OF ZORRO, CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY, and ROAD TO RIO were just a few films which kept Gale busy and kept movie patrons coming to the theaters. In 1940 she played a role which would become one of her most identifiable, as the exotic and sinister wife in The Letter. She received a second Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her role in Anna and the King of Siam in 1946. Suddenly, the roles began to dry up. After two films in 1947, Gale didn't appear again on the silver screen until 1949 in the production of EAST SIDE, WEST SIDE. Caught up in the "Red Scare", she was blacklisted with her husband named as one of the Hollywood Ten in 1948. Herbert Biberman was sentenced to six months in Texarkana Prison and fined $1,000. She supported her husband during the production of Salt of the Earth (1954). Highly controversial when it was made, and not a commercial success, its artistic and cultural merit was recognised in 1992 when the National Film Preservation Board selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry. Blacklisted by the studios, Sondergaard did not appear in another Hollywood film until Savage Intruder in 1968. This was followed by Slaves (1969), Pleasantville (1976), The Return of a Man Called Horse (1976) and Echoes (1983). Two years later on August 14, 1985, Gale died of cerebral vascular thrombosis. She was 86 years old.

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