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The Invisible Menace (1938)

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jevries
Marie Wilson ...
Sally
Eddie Craven ...
Eddie Pratt
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Lt. Matthews
Henry Kolker ...
Col. Hackett
Cy Kendall ...
Colonel Rogers
Charles Trowbridge ...
Dr. Brooks
Eddie Acuff ...
Corporal Sanger
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Private of the Guard
Phyllis Barry ...
Aline Dolman
Harland Tucker ...
Reilly
William Haade ...
Pvt. Ferris
John Ridgely ...
Pvt. Innes (scenes deleted)
Jack Mower ...
Sgt. Peterson
Anderson Lawler ...
Pvt. Abbott (as Anderson Lawlor)
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Storyline

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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army | murder | island | honeymoon | alibi | See All (38) »

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Mystery | Comedy

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22 January 1938 (USA)  »

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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 th stairs, not only is it an obvious double with no facial relationship to Karloo, 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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See only for Karloff and the production design
11 May 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Invisible Menace has two things going for it. The dark and foggy production design is striking and very effective. And Boris Karloff gives a great sympathetic performance. Unfortunately, they are the only things about The Invisible Menace(anybody want to explain the significance of this title, because it was irrelevant as far I'm concerned. Of the cast, only Karloff is close to good. Talented character actors like Regis Toomey are wasted, while Marie Wilson is incredibly irritating-of any performance in any of the movies that Karloff starred in, you'd be hard pressed to find one as annoying as Wilson's- and Eddie Craven's mugging is just embarrassing. The fact that the comedy is dated and unfunny doesn't help, and it also seemed misplaced. The same goes with the whole thing about the voodoo, seen in a short flashback, which seemed to have been thrown in at last minute without any relevance to what was already there. The Invisible Menace does try to be a number of elements, I've mentioned already that the comedy didn't work, but we also see the film trying to be a mystery, a melodrama and a thriller. Including comedy too, all four of those elements fail. The mystery element is too obvious and coincidental, the melodrama is overwrought and brings the film to a screeching halt at times and there's nothing thrilling here, merely tedium. The script could have been much tighter, and could have given the actors much more to work from, that is including Karloff. At 55 minutes, you'd think The Invisible Menace would be too short and that it would feel rushed. Actually, the story has trouble sustaining the length, you know there's a problem when the IMDb summary alone sums up the entire plot of the film. To conclude, the production design and Karloff are good, but the rest is a disaster. 2/10 Bethany Cox


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