Invisible Agent (1942)

Article #441 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 5-30-2002
Posting date: 10-23-2002

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.

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