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The Invisible Menace (1938)

Approved | | Mystery, Comedy | 22 January 1938 (USA)
An army private and his new bride are trying to honeymoon on an island occupied by the military and a murderer.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Craven ...
Eddie Pratt
Lt. Matthews
Col. Hackett
Colonel Rogers
Dr. Brooks
Corporal Sanger
Private of the Guard
Aline Dolman
Harland Tucker ...
Pvt. Ferris
John Ridgely ...
Pvt. Innes (scenes deleted)
Sgt. Peterson
Pvt. Abbott (as Anderson Lawlor)


Army Private Eddie Pratt smuggles his new bride into camp in hopes of having a happy wedding night. Instead they discover a murder. Colonel Rogers of Army Intelligence arrives to take over the case. The prime suspect, Jevries, is well-known to Rogers, who sets out to get a confession from Jevries even though there are plenty of other suspects. In the end, Eddie's bride Sally surprisingly turns the tables on the culprit. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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22 January 1938 (USA)  »

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Without Warning  »

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This was an adaptation of a Broadway play called "Without Warning". It opened at the National Theatre in New York on May 1, 1937 and ran for 17 performances. Eddie Craven originated his movie role in the play. See more »


When Jevries falls down th stairs, not only is it an obvious double with no facial relationship to Karloff, but he also has dark hair while Karloff's is white. See more »


Private of the Guard: So, you almost got liquidated, hanh?
Sally: What's that mean... 'liquidated?'
Eddie Pratt: I don't know. I never had any.
Sally: That might mean 'vaccinated.'
Private of the Guard: [Sarcastically] Yeah, practically the same thing.
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Mismatch Movie Never Meshes Mystery, Comedy, and Terror
25 November 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A Cobbled Together Mismatch of Comedy, Mystery, and Touch of Terror. An Early John Farrow Film Whose Career Had Some Highlights in Film-Noir and Other Genres. Boris Karloff is Given a Non-Monster Role and He Makes the Best of It.

But, For Some Odd Reason the Best Parts of the Movie are Glossed Over in Quick Flashbacks and Give Way to Irritating, Dated, Date Comedy and Some Unappealing Characters. A Few Scenes Have an Edge of Violence and a Stylish Darkness, but the Movie Cannot Recover from the Weak Elements.

A Movie Dismissed by Many and is Really Only Recommended for Completists and the Curious. There are Some Things to See Here but They Come at a Heavy Price. Enduring the Embarrassment of the Silly Stuff and the Combination of Elements that Never Mesh is Burdensome.

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