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The Invisible Menace (1938)

An army private and his new bride are trying to honeymoon on an island occupied by the military and a murderer.

Director:

John Farrow

Writers:

Crane Wilbur (screen play), Ralph Spencer Zink (from the play by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Boris Karloff ... Jevries
Marie Wilson ... Sally
Eddie Craven Eddie Craven ... Eddie Pratt
Regis Toomey ... Lt. Matthews
Henry Kolker ... Col. Hackett
Cy Kendall ... Colonel Rogers
Charles Trowbridge ... Dr. Brooks
Eddie Acuff ... Corporal Sanger
Frank Faylen ... Private of the Guard
Phyllis Barry ... Aline Dolman
Harland Tucker Harland Tucker ... Reilly
William Haade ... Pvt. Ferris
John Ridgely ... Pvt. Innes (scenes deleted)
Jack Mower ... Sgt. Peterson
Anderson Lawler ... Pvt. Abbott (as Anderson Lawlor)
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Storyline

Army Private Eddie Pratt smuggles his new bride into camp in hopes of having a happy wedding night. Instead they discover a murder. Colonel Rogers of Army Intelligence arrives to take over the case. The prime suspect, Jevries, is well-known to Rogers, who sets out to get a confession from Jevries even though there are plenty of other suspects. In the end, Eddie's bride Sally surprisingly turns the tables on the culprit. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Without Warning See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was an adaptation of a Broadway play called "Without Warning". It opened at the National Theatre in New York on May 1, 1937 and ran for 17 performances. Eddie Craven originated his movie role in the play. See more »

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When Jevries falls down the stairs, not only is it an obvious double with no facial relationship to Karloff, but he also has dark hair while Karloff's is white. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Hackett: How about you, Mr. Jevries?
Jevries: I've been in my quarters all evening.
Colonel Hackett: Alone I suppose? No visitors?
Jevries: Alone... I was reading.
Colonel Hackett: Where were you, Doctor? Alone too, I suppose?
Dr. Brooks: That's right. Alone and reading.
Colonel Hackett: [Exasperated] Wasn't anyone doing anything we can check up on?
Dr. Brooks: [Turning the tables] What were YOU doing?
Colonel Hackett: [Sheepishly] I was alone and reading too.
Dr. Brooks: Then don't pick on us.
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Eddie and his new bride are idiots....and their timing couldn't be much worse!
30 April 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When the film begins, Private Eddie Pratt (Eddie Craven) and his new bride, Sally (Marie Wilson) are sneaking onto the military base. Why? These idiots just got married and were looking for a cozy hidden spot in which to consumate their marriage! Romantic, huh?? Well, they just happened upon a dead body...and they hide. Soon, the body is discovered and Eddie and Sally are certainly in hot water. But attention soon switches to Jevries (Boris Karloff)...a man with a very checkered past.

This film was made by the B-movie unit of Warner Brothers....meaning it's short (55 minutes) but has reasonably good production values. It helped that it had Boris Karloff and Regis Toomey (an old reliable B actor) in the picture. The plot itself is pretty much the standard detective film but instead of the usual smart amateur sleuth (often a reporter), here the folks investigating are Army officers....a decent switch from the norm but still a very standard sort of story.

Overall, quite enjoyable for what it is. I might have scored it a 7, but took away a point because the notion of ANYONE taking his new bride onto a military base to boink her....well, that's ridiculous!


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