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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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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