The Invisible Man's grandson uses his secret formula to spy on Nazi Germany.

Director:

Edwin L. Marin

Writers:

H.G. Wells (novel), Curt Siodmak (original screenplay) (as Curtis Siodmak)
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Complete credited cast:
Ilona Massey ... Maria Sorenson
Jon Hall ... Frank Raymond
Peter Lorre ... Baron Ikito
Cedric Hardwicke ... Conrad Stauffer (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
J. Edward Bromberg ... Karl Heiser
Albert Bassermann ... Arnold Schmidt (as Albert Basserman)
John Litel ... John Gardiner
Holmes Herbert ... Sir Alfred Spencer
Keye Luke ... Surgeon
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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 in the "Tortured Old Man" segment of the "Television Medley" sketch from their 1972 album, Big Bambu. See more »

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The matte used in the production is plainly visible on a number of occasions, particularly when the Invisible Agent is in the bathtub, putting on cold cream, and when eating and drinking. See more »

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Invisible Agent (1942) **1/2
8 July 2005 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Of the "Invisible Man" series made by Universal, I was only familiar with the first two (both of which I'll rewatch again presently) - the James Whale original being one of my all-time favorites.

Ever since it was released as part of the "Legacy" set, I had mostly read negative opinions about this film - and even Leonard Maltin gives it a pretty low rating. However, I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed it! True, the leads are rather bland (why on earth is Ilona Massey credited before Jon Hall?!) but, then, INVISIBLE AGENT has a formidable trio of villains - Peter Lorre, Sir Cedric Hardwicke and J. Edward Bromberg - going for it (who even make Curt Siodmak's script sound better than it is). Besides, I must say that I'm a sucker for both WWII and espionage movies, so that's a big plus as well...which, I guess, means that it isn't really a horror film and that The Invisible Man is the hero! Oh well, you can't have everything!

John P. Fulton's still-impressive special effects (exposed a bit here by the extra clarity of the DVD transfer) deliver the goods and, all in all, the film made me keen to get to the remaining titles in the series.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 1942 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$322,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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