The more sober screenplay, solid direction by Beebe, and the good cast helped make The Invisible Man’s Revenge possibly the best entry since the original film. Jon Hall was cast against type as a mentally unbalanced fellow with an arguably justifiable chip on his shoulder. His former associates did leave him for dead in the jungle and did avail themselves of a fortune in which he had a rightful share and do drug him and send him packing when he tries to make a claim on them. It is the sort of behavior that’s apt to try a person’s patience, but then we already that this Griffin (Rob by name) had issues, since he murdered a couple folks getting out of an insane asylum in Africa. Then again, it seems unlikely that stowing away in a bail of cotton from South Africa to England did much to improve his mood — and we all know that peevishness and barking lunacy are a dangerous mix.
Here, as noted, the invisibility is the result of the assistance of crazy scientist John Carradine, who sells our boy on the benefits of invisibility as a means of getting back at those who have wronged you — after all it worked for Carradine’s invisible dog. Of course, Carradine is mystifyingly surprised when his human guinea pig isn’t content to be a scientific marvel, but sets off to get what’s rightfully his in his new transparent form. The doc apparently didn’t think this through, but neither has our see-through madman, since he hasn’t considered how being invisible might put a crimp in his plans for romancing his tormentors daughter (the inevitable Evelyn Ankers). But where there’s an insane will — and a clever screenwriter — there’s a way. No, it’s not a patch on the James Whale film, but it has its points as one of Universal’s “silver age” (oft times, more like tin-foil age) outings.