|THE INVISIBLE MENACE (Without Warning) (director: John Farrow; screenwriters: Crane Wilbur/from the play by Ralph Spencer Zink; cinematographer: L. Wm. O'Connell; editor: Harold Mclerner; music: Bernhard Kaun; cast: Boris Karloff (Jevries), Marie Wilson (Sally), Eddie Craven (Eddie Pratt), Eddie Acuff (Cpl. Sanger), Regis Toomey (Lt. Matthews), Henry Kolker (Colonel Hackett), Cy Kendall (Colonel [Bob] Rogers), Charles Trowbridge (Dr. Brook), Harlan Tucker (Reilly), Phyllis Barry (Aline Dolman); Runtime: 55; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Bryan Foy; WB; 1938)|
|"No reason to see it unless
you're a Karloff completest or just looking
for a time killer."
by Dennis Schwartz
ridiculous quickie B movie comical whodunit. It was
remade in 1943 as Murder on the Waterfront. Director
John Farrow ("Hondo"/"The Sea
Chase"/"The Big Clock") sets it at a military arsenal
base on Powder Island. Crane Wilbur bases the
script on the play by Ralph Spencer
dim-witted army private Eddie Pratt (Eddie Craven)
smuggles his cheeky new wife Sally (Marie Wilson) onto
the base in a duffle-bag so they can spend their
honeymoon together in secret. But when a base civilian
ordinance expert named Reilly (Harlan Tucker)
is killed with a bayonet after tortured in the explosives
storage building where the couple is hiding, their
privacy is over. The gruff base commander investigator
(Henry Kolker) feels overwhelmed by the
case and calls in from Washington his top-level
investigator friend Colonel Bob Rogers (Cy
Kendall) to help with the investigation. The prime
suspect is the civilian engineer Jevries (Boris
Karloff), who is caught by Rogers using a false name
and was previously imprisoned ten years for theft on
a Philippine army base as his wife (Phyllis
Barry) and Reilly falsely fingered him.
Jevries is innocent, then we're left trying to figure
out who did the crime and why.
acting was wooden, the script was lame and Boris is at
his worse. No reason to see it unless you're a Karloff
completest or just looking for a time killer.
REVIEWED ON 12/15/2015 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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