Frank Raymond, grandson of the original Invisible Man, still has the old formula but considers it too dangerous to use, even when Axis agents try to get it. But Pearl Harbor brings him to volunteer his own services as an invisible agent in Germany. Though a bit cold (clothes aren't invisible), his adventures are more comedy than thriller (with occasional grim reminders) as he makes fools of Nazi officials and romances a luscious double agent, in search of Hitler's secret plan... Written by
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In the opening scene, a newsboy shouts the headline, "Extra! Oregon State Invites Duke to Rose Bowl." The 1942 movie audience would recognize the opening scenes in the movie as taking place in the previous year, just *before* the Pearl Harbor attack. The 1942 Rose Bowl was especially memorable to movie audiences because it was the only game in Rose Bowl history that was not played in Pasadena, California. Following the U.S. entry into the war, it was feared that the Pasadena game would be an ideal target for the Japanese, so the game was played at Duke University in North Carolina. On January 1, 1942, Oregon State defeated Duke University, by a score of 20-16. See more »
To make himself somewhat more "visible" to Maria in her bedroom, Frank puts on a robe and covers his face and hands with cold cream. When he speaks, his teeth and the inside of his mouth are plainly visible. See more »
Extra! "Oregon State Invites Duke to Rose Bowl." Extra! Late edition! "Oregon State Invites Duke to Rose Bowl."
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Being the only Universal Studios "monster" to fight the Axis hordes, The Invisible Man gets to wreck havoc on enemy soil in THE INVISIBLE AGENT, a very enjoyable piece of wartime propaganda. As with DESPERATE JOURNEY (1942), it's a comic book-style fantasy adventure that never lets up in the fun department and contains an excellent cast and production values. Plus, its special effects are still astonishing in this day and age of digital special effects on film.
Cedric Hardwicke, Edward J. Bromberg, Albert Bassermann, and Peter Lorre give excellent performances in this film. Despite Lorre's unconvincing Japanese makeup, he makes a fine villain here. The Oscar-nominated visual effectsexcept for the model shots of airplanes flying in midairare simply excellent and nearly flawless. The black-and-white cinematography and production values are atmospheric, typical of so many Universal Studios monster films of the era. There is much slapstick comedy throughout the film and the film works effectively as a comedy-thriller. And pretty Ilona Massey does a good job of playing a double agent who might or might not be so trustworthy. However, Jon Hall lacks the sublime speaking voice that made Claude Rains' performance so memorable.
Well worth watching, although the Nazis speak perfect English throughout the whole movie and Jon Hall lacks Claude Rains' unforgettable speaking voice.
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