THE INVISIBLE WOMAN (TV movie/Pilot)

2/13/1983. Sunday, 8 pm. 2 hours. 58th in ratings.
NBC. Universal.
Science fiction/Comedy.
Code: IW 2/1983

PLOT

Chemist Dr. Dudley Plunkett creates an invisibility serum that his investigative reporter niece uses to help crack stories. This time she cracks an art robbery ring and prevents the theft of Cleopatra's scepter.

CREDITS

Writers: Sherwood Schwartz, Lloyd J. Schwartz.
Director: Alan J. Levi.

CAST

Bob Denver as Dr. Dudley Plunkett
Alexa Hamilton as Sandy Martinson
Harvey Korman as Mr. Edwards
David Doyle as Neil Gilmore
Garrett Morris as Lt. Greg Larkin
George Gobel a Dr. Farrington
Jonathan Banks as Darren, henchman to Mr. Edwards, Listed 3rd of 14. (alpha list)
Art LaFleur as Phil, henchman to Mr. Edwards

BAD GUY

As criminal henchmen, Darren and his partner Phil rob, kidnap, and shoot at cops.

CHARACTER

Cliched comedy idiot criminal henchman, strictly stooge-ville. Chews gum, growls at his partner, insults him and is insulted back. Gets slapped by his boss. They talk to what they think is Cleopatra's ghost.

COMMENTS

This is really awful, and to make matters worse, has a laugh track. (Sherwood Schwartz, Emmy-winning comedy writer for The Red Skelton Show, also created Gilligan's Island.)

There is much physical comedy, including jumping into pool in a suit and slamming headfirst into museum doors. One hopes that JB enjoyed working with his old friend Art LaFleur.

Standard blue screen and wire used for invisibilty effects.

COSTUME

Coveralls over black turtleneck; sweat pants; another appearance of The Cloth Cap, or its near relative.

CRITICS

"Predictable dross... payday on dumb street." Variety, 2/16/1983.

LINES

"Cleopatra's what?"

"I told the guy we was your brothers."

"Death? That doesn't sound that meaningless to me."

"Excuse me, are you the curse?"

"Lady, even my own wife tells me to go straight. If I ain't gonna listen to her, I ain't gonna listen to you."

"It couldn't be Cleopatra, she wouldn't know how to drive."

SCREEN TIME

About 10 minutes, in 4 scenes, throughout film.

WORKED WITH

Art LaFleur (SAF ?/1976?; BLA 5/1978; BIB 9/1984; FM 2/1986; CRG 7/1986; WG 9/1987 episode 70)