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Invisible Stripes (1939)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 30 December 1939 (USA)
An ex-con who wants to go straight has difficulties trying to reintegrate into society while on parole.

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Warren Duff (screen play), Jonathan Finn (from a story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Raft ... Cliff Taylor
Jane Bryan ... Peggy
William Holden ... Tim Taylor
Humphrey Bogart ... Chuck Martin
Flora Robson ... Mrs. Taylor
Paul Kelly ... Ed Kruger
Lee Patrick ... Molly
Henry O'Neill ... Parole Officer Masters
Frankie Thomas ... Tommy
Moroni Olsen ... The Warden
Margot Stevenson ... Sue
Marc Lawrence ... Lefty
Joe Downing Joe Downing ... Johnny (as Joseph Downing)
Leo Gorcey ... Jimmy
William Haade ... Shrank
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Storyline

Cliff and Chuck leave prison together. Cliff tries the straight life but falls back into crime with Chuck and his gang. When he makes enough to enable his brother Tim to buy a garage and marry his sweetheart, Cliff quits crime again. But when he tries to help Chuck later on, he's implicated again. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Three Men and a Girl... Bound by Invisible Ties - Branded by Invisible Stripes

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 December 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hombres marcados See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to William Holden, during the fight scene between the brothers, Holden accidentally hit George Raft in the eye with his head and opened a gash. See more »

Goofs

It is illegal to profit from the proceeds of a crime, even if you are not the criminal. So Tim would not have been able to use the stolen money to become the owner of the garage--an odd oversight on the part of the Hays Code. See more »

Quotes

Shorty - Mug at Party: What's the matter with you, Chuck? I don't fool with no other guy's dames.
Molly: [Sarcastically] I can believe that.
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The Japanese Sandman
(1920) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
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William Holden at 22
18 April 2012 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Somehow at the age of 22, William Holden looked like a better-looking Tom Hanks. And I'll bet there are a lot of people who could sit through "Invisible Stripes" and not know it was William Holden.

"Invisible Stripes" stars George Raft, Humphrey Bogart, William Holden, and Jane Bryan.

George Raft plays Cliff Taylor who, once released from prison, decides to stay on the straight and narrow. His pal, Chuck Martin (Bogart) has no such intentions. Cliff, who has a brother (Holden) and a mother (Fay Robson) finds the going tough, unable to get a job he can keep for various reasons, usually someone making trouble for him. His kindly parole officer encourages him to keep trying. With his brother Tim wanting to marry his girlfriend Peggy, and the job situation, Cliff decides to go in with Chuck's group.

Pretty good gangster flick, with Bogart, not long before his breakout role in High Sierra, giving the strongest performance. Raft is playing a good guy so he doesn't demonstrate a lot of bite. The film has some exciting scenes, particularly toward the end.

Holden, as stated above, is just a kid but does a good job as a man in love who wants to give his girlfriend the world, if only he had some money. It would be 11 years before he made his mark in "Sunset Boulevard" and became a true superstar.

As an aside, Jane Bryan retired to marry Justin Dart, who took over Rexall Drug chain. She died in 2009 at the age of 91.

In many ways a typical Warner Brothers gangster film, but a good one.


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