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Invisible Stripes

theatrical poster
Directed by Lloyd Bacon
Produced by Hal B. Wallis
Jack L. Warner
Written by Lewis E. Lawes (novel)
Jonathan Finn (story)
Warren Duff (screenplay)
Starring George Raft
Jane Bryan
William Holden
Humphrey Bogart
Music by Heinz Roemheld
Cinematography Ernest Haller
Editing by James Gibbon
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) 30 December 1939
Running time 81 minutes
Country United States
Language English
George Raft in the trailer

Invisible Stripes is a 1939 Warner Bros. crime film about a gangster (George Raft) unable to go straight after returning home from prison. The movie was directed by Lloyd Bacon and also features William Holden and Humphrey Bogart. The screenplay by Warren Duff was based on the novel of the same name by Warden Lewis E. Lawes, a fervent crusader for prison reform, as adapted by Jonathan Finn.

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Plot

Cliff Taylor (George Raft) is an ex-con who wants to go straight, but since being released from prison on parole, he finds it hard to find and hold a job because of his criminal past. His brother Tim (William Holden) follows in his older brother's footsteps and joins up with Charles Martin's (Humphrey Bogart) gang in an attempt to support himself and his girlfriend Peggy (Jane Bryan).[1]

Cast

Cast notes:

  • Leo Gorcey, who would later become known for playing "Slip Mahoney" in the Bowery Boys series of films, has a small part as the head stockroom boy.

Critical reaction

Time Out Film Guide calls Invisible Stripes "A thoroughly predictable tale of the tribulations of an ex-con."[2]. A New York Times review from 1940 commented about the unusual lack of prison scenes in the movie. "Let us hasten in all gratitude to add that "Invisible Stripes" is a prison picture in which the stripes are much less visible than usual, most of the action being paroled to the outside in the capable custody of George Raft, Jane Bryan, William Holden and Humphrey Bogart. There are no jute mill scenes, no bullying guards, no big prison break sequence; in fact, we don't understand why they've suddenly commuted our sentence from the customary duration of the picture to a brief prison prelude, a mere graduating exercise at the beginning: good behavior, maybe."[3]

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