Invisible Stripes (1939)

Invisible Stripes (1939)

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Invisible Stripes is a cookie-cutter Warners prison drama which rounds up the usual suspects. George Raft and Humphrey Bogart are top-billed, and as is often the case in such a circumstance, it is Raft who is given the larger (albeit less interesting) role. Raft plays Cliff Taylor, an ex-convict who finds that his "invisible stripes" prevent him from getting a decent job. Cliff's younger brother (William Holden) shows unfortunate signs of following his older sibling's footsteps when he is pressured into crime to support himself and his girl friend (Jane Bryan). To save his brother, Cliff joins Humphrey Bogart's gang and earns enough dishonest money to set his brother up in business. But movie censorship prevails, and all of the miscreants in Invisible Stripes--even those motivated by good intentions--must pay the penalty. Side note: The prankish Humphrey Bogart spent so much time needling newcomer William Holden that Holden nearly came to blows with the older actor; the animosity persisted into the Bogart-Holden costarring feature Sabrina, made fourteen years later.
Rating: NR
Genre: Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama
Directed By: Lloyd Bacon
Written By: Warren Duff , Jonathan Finn , Warren B. Duff
In Theaters: wide
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Warner Bros. Pictures

Cast

George Raft
as Cliff Taylor
William Holden
as Tim Taylor
Humphrey Bogart
as Chuck Martin
Flora Robson
as Mrs. Taylor
Paul Kelly
as Ed Kruger
Lee Patrick
as Molly Daniels
Henry O'Neill
as Parole Officer Masters
Frankie Thomas
as Tommy McNeil
Marc Lawrence
as Lefty Sloane
Joseph Downing
as Johnny Hudson
Chester Clute
as Mr. Butler
Tully Marshall
as Old Peter
Jack Mower
as Guard in Charge
Frank Mayo
as Guard at Gate
George Taylor
as Paully, a Prisoner
Frank Bruno
as Smitty, a Prisoner
John Irwin
as Prisoner
G. Pat Collins
as Alec, a Prisoner
Joseph Crehan
as Mr. Chasen, the Garage Manager
Cliff Clark
as Policeman
John Ridgely
as Employment Clerk
George Pat Collins
as Alec, a Prisoner
William B. Davidson
as Chief Foreman
Irving Bacon
as Personnel Director
Dorothea Wolbert
as Flower Woman
Max Hoffman Jr.
as Chauffeur
Harry Strang
as Bartender at Party
Jane Gilbert
as Young Lady
Ralph Dunn
as Doorman
Stan Meyers
as Orchestra Leader
Al Hill
as Henchman
Robert Elliott
as Detective
William Hopper
as Young Man
Lane Chandler
as Detective
Claude Wisberg
as Older Boy
Selmar Jackson
as Lieutenant
Selmer Jackson
as Lieutenant
Pat O'Malley
as Lieutenant
Frank Faylen
as Steve the Henchman
Ray Cooke
as Pinky
Eddy Chandler
as Police Driver
Ethan Laidlaw
as Cop Outside Station House
Sam Finn
as Spotter
Emory Parnell
as Policeman
John Hamilton
as Capt. Johnson
Bruce Bennett
as Rich Man
Marc Lawrence
as Lefty Sloane
Charles Wilson
as Detective
Marc Lawrence I
as Lefty Sloane
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Morose, humorless and predictable prison story.

Full Review… | January 14, 2009
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