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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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Sally
Eddie Craven ...
Eddie Pratt
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Lt. Matthews
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Col. Hackett
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Colonel Rogers
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Dr. Brooks
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Corporal Sanger
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Private of the Guard
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Aline Dolman
Harland Tucker ...
Reilly
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Pvt. Ferris
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Pvt. Innes (scenes deleted)
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Sgt. Peterson
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Pvt. Abbott (as Anderson Lawlor)
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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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Mystery | Comedy

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Without Warning  »

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Trivia

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 »

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When Jevries falls down the 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 »

Quotes

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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Entertaining quickie
17 December 2015 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Fine B mystery from Warner Bros. with nice foggy atmosphere and a good performance from Boris Karloff in a small but important role. Directed by John 'father of Mia' Farrow, it's a good-looking picture that has a horror movie feel to it. The story involves a murder on an army base, with Karloff as one of the suspects. There's also some comic relief from Eddie Craven and Marie Wilson as a pair of newlyweds trying to have their honeymoon on the base without anyone knowing. The comedy upsets the fine mood Farrow sets but I'm sure his hands were tied on that front. The rest of the cast includes Regis Toomey, Charles Trowbridge, Frank Faylen, and Henry Kolker. Cy Kendall plays a brutish investigator brought in to solve the crime. His method is to slap suspects around until they confess. Sherlock Holmes he's not! It's worth a look for Karloff fans or anyone who enjoys old B mysteries. The short runtime helps a lot.


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