|INVISIBLE AGENT (THE INVISIBLE SPY) (director: Edward L. Marin; screenwriters: Curtis Slodmak/suggested by "The Invisible Man," by H. G. Wells; cinematographer: Les White; editor: Edward Curtiss; music: Hans J. Salter; cast: Jon Hall (Frank Raymond), Ilona Massey (Maria Sorenson), Peter Lorre (Baron Ikito), Sir Cedric Hardwicke (Conrad Stauffer ), Keye Luke (Surgeon), J. Edward Bromberg (Karl Heiser), John Litel (John Gardiner), Holmes Herbert (Sir Alfred Spencer), Albert Basserman (Arnold Schmidt); Runtime: 81; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Frank Lloyd; Universal Pictures; 1942)|
|"If viewed as a feel-good wartime
propaganda film, the film is most effective."
by Dennis Schwartz
Frank Lloyd's response to the great Claude Rains'
starring role in James Whale's classic The Invisible
Man (1933) is this comic strip comically inclined
sci-fi thriller. Director Edward L. Marin ("a
Christmas Carol"/"Abilene Town"/"Raton Pass") helms
the fantasy thriller as a wartime film exercising
mainly as a flag-waver, as American agents battle with
Axis spies. It's loosely based on the novel "The
Invisible Man," by H. G. Wells, but hardly
resembling it. Curtis Slodmak adapts
it to the screen.
is helped by the mysterious foreign spy Maria
Sorenson (Ilona Massey),
a double agent who might be more loyal to Gestapo
officer Karl Heiser (J.
For the most part part the Nazis are viewed as comical dolts, even when they break a prisoner's fingers and ask him to sign a paper for international consumption that he was well treated. If viewed as a feel-good wartime propaganda film, the film is most effective. Otherwise its absurdity wastes a talented cast in escapist hokum.
REVIEWED ON 8/16/2015 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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