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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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In Feb. 1938, Warner Brothers distributed this film on a double bill with Swing Your Lady (1938). 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 »


Colonel Hackett: How about you, Mr. Jevries?
Jevries: I've been in my quarters all evening.
Colonel Hackett: Alone I suppose? No visitors?
Jevries: Alone... I was reading.
Colonel Hackett: Where were you, Doctor? Alone too, I suppose?
Dr. Brooks: That's right. Alone and reading.
Colonel Hackett: [Exasperated] Wasn't anyone doing anything we can check up on?
Dr. Brooks: [Turning the tables] What were YOU doing?
Colonel Hackett: [Sheepishly] I was alone and reading too.
Dr. Brooks: Then don't pick on us.
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Neat Little Mystery Thriller Featuring The Great Boris Karloff
16 November 2005 | by (Van Buren, Arkansas) – See all my reviews

This is a very watchable programmer centering on a murder mystery that takes place at an island army arsenal. Director John Farrow (husband of Maureen O'Sullivan/father of Mia Farrow)wisely keeps this thriller short and breezy. The only part of the movie that sometimes falls flat today is the humor, which I'm sure was much better received by the audiences in 1938. Marie Wilson tries to be a Gracie Allen clone. This persona worked much better years later when she played My Friend Irma opposite Martin and Lewis. Eddie Craven does fine as Marie Wilson's comedy partner but again much of the humor is dated.

It's good to see the great Boris Karloff strut his stuff. His bad guy/monster image kept him from receiving deserved recognition as one of Hollywood's most capable actors. This image is used in an interesting way in "The Invisible Menace" but I won't go into detail and spoil the movie for you. The flashback scene when Karloff is on the island of Haiti fits well into the story but also provides variety in what could have become a boring film since all the action takes place in a confined setting. A talent such as Hitchcock could overcome such a setting as he did in his classic "Lifeboat," but Farrow was not that adept although a skilled director.

All in all a gem for fans of the genre.

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