The Body Disappears (1941)





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Possibly inspired by Universal's The Invisible Woman, Warner Bros.' The Body Disappears is an agreeably daffy comedy with science-fiction undertones. Passing out from overindulgence during his engagement party, young millionaire Peter De Haven is placed on a slab in a college dissecting room by his prankish friends. Before Peter can awaken, he is inadvertently kidnapped by eccentric Professor Shotsbury (Edward Everett Horton), who needs a "dead body" upon which to test his new life-restoring serum. Shotsbury's miracle drug succeeds only in making Peter invisible, leading to all manner of looney complications. Before the film's 72 minutes are over, Peter has discovered that his "loving" fiancee Christine Lunceford (Margerite Chapman) is merely a gold-digger, Prof. Shotsbury has been locked up in the nuthouse, and Shotsbury's perky daughter Joan (Jane Wyman) has become invisible himself, implictly cavorting about naked with no one any the wiser. Still fresh and funny after nearly six decades, The Body Disappears is sometimes shown on TV minus the "scared-rabbit" comedy routines of black actor Willie Best.
Comedy , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Jeffrey Lynn
as Peter De Haven III
Jane Wyman
as Joan Shotesbury
Edward Everett Horton
as Prof. Reginald X. Shotesbury
Willie Best
as William 'Willie'
David Bruce
as Jimmy Barbour
Herbert Anderson
as George `Doc' Appleby
Marguerite Chapman
as Christine Lunceford
Craig Stevens
as Robert Struck
Ivan Simpson
as Dean Claxton
Charles Halton
as Prof. Moggs
Wade Boteler
as Inspector Deming
Hobart Bosworth
as Judge Manton
Sidney Bracey
as Barrett, the Butler
Natalie Schafer
as Mrs. Lunceford
William Hopper
as Terrence Abbott
Frank Ferguson
as Prof. McAuley
Romaine Callender
as Prof. Barkley
Vera Lewis
as Mrs. Moggs
Paul Stanton
as Prosecutor
Stuart Holmes
as Waiter
Charles Drake
as Arthur
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A delightful screwball comedy...

Full Review… | April 8, 2003
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