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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.

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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
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
William Hopper
as Young Man
Robert Elliott
as Detective
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
John Hamilton
as Capt. Johnson
Emory Parnell
as Policeman
Bruce Bennett
as Rich Man
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Critic Reviews for Invisible Stripes

All Critics (2)

A chilling movie. [Full review in Spanish]

April 6, 2020 | Full Review…

Morose, humorless and predictable prison story.

January 14, 2009 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Invisible Stripes

Raft gives a slightly more animated performance than usual, which means his face actually moves once or twice but his eyes are still empty and dead. But he is supported by a much better cast than he, an unbelievably young William Holden who does fine by his part but is still rather green. Flora Robson and Jane Bryan have thankless parts as the long suffering mother and girlfriend but do okay with them. The real standout is Bogart followed closely by Lee Patrick as his moll they breath life into the picture whenever they are on screen. Bacon's direction is nothing special but he keeps things moving along at a good clip.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Invisible Stripes is pretty forgettable. The story starts off misleading you into thinking its going to go off into about 5 other more interesting directions. Then things uncharacteristically come out of left field and leave you just waiting for the end. George Raft is pretty boring and the most interesting thing he's got going in Invisible Stripes is the disturbing relationship with his mother (which incidentally isn't worth watching the movie for) but its nice to see Bogart not play a total bad guy. Its odd to see William Holden this young even if his character doesn't really leave you caring what happens to him. Generally weak with a few moments of charm.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

Good but not great. Typical Warner Brothers Gangster film about 2 guys being released from Sing Sing,one goes straight(Raft) and one goes back to crime(Bogart). One thing that makes this film enjoyable is the young William Holden as Raft's younger brother.Raft has seen the errors of his ways and is forced to go back to crime in a effort to keep his brother out. Another nice surprise is that Bogie isn't your typical bad guy. He is honorable, likable and he never does anything too despicable. This movie is worth seeing for the three heavies, they are great and it's 15 years before Bogie and Holden teamed up for Sabrina.Sadly this film is hampered by the Hayes Code crime does not pay rule.

cody franklin
cody franklin

Super Reviewer

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