Monocaine, Hay, and Snow


These three elements lead to the demise and death of the protagonist in a famous 1933 movie production. A brilliant chemist trying to make his mark in history, and impress his would be wife went off the deep end.

What appears to be a fictitious drug named Monocaine was part of a chemical synthesis designed to induce invisibility. Another effect of the drug was increased aggression and delusions of grandeur. I believe there were also references to it in the detective show Matlock.

Actor Claude Rains, whose countenance we viewed only once on his death bed at the short movie’s conclusion, wanted to rule the world with his chemically induced invisibility. His insanity spoke of raping women and taking down crooked politicians and world leaders.

His character, Jack Griffin, was struggling to find “an antidote” or a counteragent to return his corpus to visibility. Yes, it was the hay and the snow in the title that finally cornered the invisible man. A farmer heard snoring in the hay and law enforcement smoked him out of a barn creating shoe imprints in the snow whereby he was gunned down leading to the final deathbed scene near his beloved Flora played by sexy Gloria Stuart.

Finally Una O’Connor played an excellent excitable and frenetic innkeeper in a lodge where Griffin was isolating himself to find the antidote to his invisibility potion.


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  1. As a point of Fact, Una O’Connor’s character played the tavern owner where the mad scientist holed up to do research on how to become visible again. See the work of Michael Arruda for more depth and breadth on movie monsters.

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