THE INVISIBLE WOMAN (TV movie/Pilot)
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.
As criminal henchmen, Darren and his partner Phil rob, kidnap, and shoot at cops.
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.
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.
Coveralls over black turtleneck; sweat pants; another appearance of The Cloth Cap, or its near relative.
"Predictable dross... payday on dumb street." Variety, 2/16/1983.
"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."
About 10 minutes, in 4 scenes, throughout film.