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Invisible Agent (1942)

 -  Adventure | Sci-Fi | War  -  7 August 1942 (USA)
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The Invisible Man's grandson uses his secret formula to spy on Nazi Germany.

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Complete credited cast:
Ilona Massey ...
Maria Sorenson
Jon Hall ...
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Baron Ikito
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Conrad Stauffer
J. Edward Bromberg ...
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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 Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The scene in which Conrad Stauffer asks Arnold Schmidt to sign a document saying he was well-treated (after Conrad Stauffer's men have broken Arnold Schmidt's fingers) was parodied by Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong on their 1972 album, Big Bambu. See more »

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When Frank Raymond dresses as a guard to release Karl Heiser, he pulls on a pair of boots. When he puts on a long coat the boots are gone, and when he puts a hat on, the boots are back on. See more »

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The Wrong Agent Was Invisible
26 January 2003 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Frank Raymond (Jon Hall), grandson of the original Invisible Man, still has the old family formula but won't allow anyone to use it, even though World War II is looming on the horizon. After an unfriendly visit by Axis agents (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 but insists that no one uses it but him. After all, the drug is dangerous but it's never really explained why. Allied Command somehow agrees to go along with this dumb idea. Apparently, it never occurred to them that something 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 time wooing the beautiful German double agent he's assigned to work with (Ilona Massey) and playing puerile pranks on an overweight Nazi with an undersized brain. Ultimately, Raymond saves the day by thwarting a far-fetched plot to 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 Japanese 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, well trained as a spy, and highly motivated. She knew all the right people, who had access to the right information, and demonstrated cool under fire. Most important of all, she was a lot smarter than Raymond. If she was invisible, I'm sure the war in Europe would have ended much sooner!


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