Many projects were announced for Boris Karloff, now Universal's top monster film star; they ranged from the supernatural Cagliostro, the classic monster film The Wolf Man to the science fiction projects A Trip to Mars and The Invisible Man.
This volume is more of a portfolio in the development of Universal's The Invisible Man. It is different from the other volumes in the series in that, after attempts by many writers, Carl Laemmle Jr. was not satisfied with any of the treatments until James Whale got R.C. Sheriff to write the final shooting script. As you will see even Whale himself wrote a treatment.
In 1932 many projects were announced for Boris Karloff, now Universal's top monster film star; they ranged from the supernatural Cagliostro, the classic monster film The Wolf Man to the science fiction projects A Trip to Mars and The Invisible Man.
Cagliostro was transformed into The Mummy, The Wolf Man put on the shelf for 9 years Director James Whale was stalling because Universal wanted him to make a sequel to Frankenstein - but after countless rewrites by Preston Sturges, Gouveneur Morris, John Huston and a dozen other writers, R.C. Sherriff managed to capture H.G. Wells' original concept and The Invisible Man was put into production, however without Karloff who turned down the part in a salary dispute with Carl Laemmle Junior. With Claude Rains in the starring role (even though he does not appear on screen except for a few minutes at the end of the film, The Invisible Man became a huge success and one that most historians and fans think is Whale's best picture, after The Bride of Frankenstein, made two years later.
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Author Philip J. Riley is truly the master historian of screenplays that were never produced. They are really fascinating because it makes us wonder what the movies we grew up with would have been like if they had starred the stars they were originally written for. What would the Invisible Man had been like if it had starred Boris Karloff like it was intended? Karloff was such an amazing presence in horror films, we could only imagine that it would have been fantastic. Since the movie with Karloff was never made, we at least have this terrific volume that reads like a movie. Horror buffs will not be disappointed by this interesting book.