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cast, crew and summary of the invisible agent - 1942

Cast (in credits order) complete
Ilona Massey .... Maria Sorenson
Jon Hall .... Frank Raymond
Peter Lorre .... Baron Ikito
Cedric Hardwicke .... Conrad Stauffer
J. Edward Bromberg .... Karl Heiser
Albert Bassermann .... Arnold Schmidt (as Albert Basserman)
John Litel .... John Gardiner
Holmes Herbert .... Sir Alfred Spencer
Keye Luke .... Surgeon
rest of cast listed alphabetically
Sven Hugo Borg .... German Captain (uncredited)
Paul Bryar .... German Soldier (uncredited)
John Burton .... R.A.F. Flier (uncredited)
Lane Chandler .... German Sentry (uncredited)
Mabel Colcord .... Gretl, the Maid (uncredited)
James Craven .... Ship's Radio Man (uncredited)
Donald Curtis .... German Sentry (uncredited)
Leslie Denison .... British Radio Operator (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn .... S.S. Prison Guard (uncredited)
Martin Faust .... Nazi Assassin (uncredited)
Charles Flynn .... German Soldier (uncredited)
Lee Tung Foo .... Gen. Chin Lee (uncredited)
Henry Guttman .... Storm Trooper (uncredited)
Bobby Hale .... English Tommy (uncredited)
John Holland .... Spencer's secretary (uncredited)
Patrick McVey .... German (uncredited)
John Merton .... German solider (uncredited)
Alberto Morin .... Free Frenchman (uncredited)
Ferdinand Munier .... Bartender (uncredited)
William Pagan .... Storm Trooper (uncredited)
Eddie Parker .... Strongarm Thug (uncredited)
Charles Regan .... Ordnance Car Driver (uncredited)
Otto Reichow .... Gestapo Agent (uncredited)
William Ruhl .... Gestapo Agent (uncredited)
Ferdinand Schumann-Heink .... German Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Hans Schumm .... SS Man (uncredited)
Wally Scott .... English Tommy (uncredited)
Lee Shumway .... Brigadier (uncredited)
Milburn Stone .... German Sergeant (uncredited)
Walter Tetley .... Newsboy (uncredited)
Philip Van Zandt .... SS Man (uncredited)
Michael Visaroff .... Verichen (uncredited)
Phil Warren .... German Soldier (uncredited)
Pat West .... German Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Matt Willis .... Nazi Assassin (uncredited)
Duke York .... German Sentry (uncredited)
Wolfgang Zilzer .... Von Porten (uncredited)
Victor Zimmerman .... Storm Trooper (uncredited)
Henry Zynda .... Col. Kelenski (uncredited)

invisible agent

invisible agent

invisible agent


Produced by
Frank Lloyd .... producer
George Waggner .... associate producer

Original Music by
Hans J. Salter (uncredited)

Non-Original Music by
Richard Hageman (stock music) (uncredited)
Frank Skinner (stock music) (uncredited)

Cinematography by
Lester White (as Les White)

Film Editing by
Edward Curtiss

Art Direction by
Jack Otterson

Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman (as R.A. Gausman)

Costume Design by
Vera West

Art Department
Robert F. Boyle .... associate art director (as Robert Boyle)
Edward R. Robinson .... associate set decorator

Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... sound director
William Hedgcock .... sound technician

Special Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
David S. Horsley .... special effects

Visual Effects by
Roswell A. Hoffmann .... optical cinematography

Eddie Parker .... stunts

Other crew
Hans J. Salter .... musical director (as H.J. Salter)

Crew believed to be complete
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invisible agent

film summary
The Invisible Man's grandson uses his secret formula to spy on Nazi Germany in this comedy-thriller.

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...

A man who has inherited the formula for invisibility agrees to use his power to aid the allies during World War II.

This science fiction/spy thriller/wartime propaganda movie certainly isn't much of a science fiction movie; outside of the fact that we have a man who is invisible, it doesn't really use the idea in anything more than its gimmick capacity. It certainly isn't much of a spy thriller either; I prefer my spies to have a lot more common sense than this guy shows. In fact, the scene during the dinner, rather than being knee-slappingly funny as intended, merely makes me wonder why nobody bothered to administer an intelligence test to this guy before sending him out on a mission. This leaves the wartime propaganda angle as being where the movie is most effective, and it actually works well enough on that level, particularly during a scene where the Nazis try to get one of their prisoners to sign a paper claiming he was well treated; this ironic moment makes for propaganda as effective as it can be.

This is a tale of "intrigue and invisibility that gives the Allies a secret weapon during the heated battles of World War II." Jon Hall plays Frank Raymond who is the "secret weapon" since he becomes invisible when injected with a certain chemical. He takes his new ability and uses it to "bewilder the Nazis as well as the Japanese." He goes to "top-secret meetings, obtains confidential information and eventually blows the top off nasty Axis plans for an aerial attack on New York City!" He also finds time in between doing all that to fall in love for a double agent. "Inventiveness is the order of the day." Peter Lorre and Sir Cedric Hardwicke are touted as being in this film (probably against their wishes).