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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 ...
Lt. Matthews
Colonel Rogers
Corporal Sanger
Aline Dolman
Harland Tucker ...
Pvt. Ferris
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 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 »


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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19 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

This film starts out with Pvt. Eddie Pratt (Eddie Craven),"Down Missouri Way",'46 manages to bring his new bride, Sally(Marie Wilson),"My Friend Irma" TV Series,'52 on to Powder Island Arsenal, a government reservation. He tries to hide her in a vacant building, the military discover a murdered body of an officer. After intense investigations and mysterious attempts are made on the lives of the Army officers in charge, every member on the post falls under suspicion. Colonel Rogers (Cy Kendall),"Call Northside 777",'48 assists in the investigation and recognizes one of the civilians, Jevries(Boris Karloff),"Bedlam"'46, to be an embezzler who was arrested years ago. It is also revealed that the murdered man was his enemy. Found out this picture was based on a 1937 Broadway play,"Without Warning" and actor Eddie Craven repeated his original stage role in this picture. Warner Bros. remade this film five years later as "Murder on the Waterfront". I was amazed to see that Boris Karloff played an entirely different role as a Number One Bogie Man,(Frankenstein) and noticed that his role was a sympathetic one, meek, mild. I believe the audiences felt sorry for him in this picture. As always, Boris gave a great performance. This is a great Classic Film to view.

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