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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Frank Raymond (Jon Hall), grandson of the original Invisible Man, still
the old family formula but won't allow anyone to use it, even though
War II is looming on the horizon. After an unfriendly visit by Axis
(Sir Cedric Hardwicke and Peter Lorre) and the attack on Pearl Harbor
Raymond comes to his senses. He offers the Allies the use of the formula
insists that no one uses it but him. After all, the drug is dangerous
it's never really explained why. Allied Command somehow agrees to go
with this dumb idea. Apparently, it never occurred to them that
might happen to Raymond. If so, what would then become of the drug?
Raymond becomes a phantom commando with a heavy boot for Nazi rears. He
parachutes into Germany (an amusing scene). He's supposed to meet with a
couple of people and steal vital information. Instead, Raymond spends
wooing the beautiful German double agent he's assigned to work with
Massey) and playing puerile pranks on an overweight Nazi with an
brain. Ultimately, Raymond saves the day by thwarting a far-fetched plot
attack New York.
Despite its faults, this was probably just the ticket for uplifting the
morale of American audiences in dark, early days of the war. Sir Cedric
Hardwicke and Peter Lorre steal the movie as a Gestapo official and
spymaster, respectively. Their performances are much better than this
lighthearted film deserves. I laughed most over Raymond's confrontation
with and escape from Hardwicke and his mindless minions at Gestapo
headquarters. Still, it bothered me that Ms Massey's character wasn't
selected to become to become the Invisible Agent. She was well placed,
trained as a spy, and highly motivated. She knew all the right people,
had access to the right information, and demonstrated cool under fire.
important of all, she was a lot smarter than Raymond. If she was
I'm sure the war in Europe would have ended much sooner!
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