Invisible Agent

1942

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...

Cast:
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
John Litel .... John Gardiner
Holmes Herbert .... Sir Alfred Spencer
Keye Luke .... Surgeon

 

Ilona Massey

Sultry, glamorous blonde Hungarian singer who survived an impoverished childhood in Budapest, Hungary. As a dressmaker's apprentice she managed to scrape money together for singing lessons and first danced in chorus lines, later earning roles at the Staats Opera. A Broadway, radio and night-club performer, she appeared in a couple of Austrian features before coming to America to duet with 'Nelson Eddy' (qv) in a couple of his glossy operettas. She was secondary to Mr. Eddy and 'Eleanor Powell' (qv) in Rosalie (1937), but found her first starring role opposite the popular baritone in Balalaika(1939) wherein she was billed as "the new Dietrich." Ilona did not live up to the hype, however, as her soprano voice was deemed too light for the screen and her acting talents too slight and mannered. She continued in non-singing roles but her brief movie career eventually included only 11 films. For the most part she was called upon to play sophisticated temptresses in thrillers and spy intrigues. Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943) and Love Happy (1950) with the Marx Bros. are her best recalled. She appeared on radio as a spy in the "Top Secret" program and, on TV, co-starred in the espionage series "Rendezvous" (1952). By the mid-50s she had her own musical TV show in which she sang ballads. She became an American citizen in 1946. Married four times, once to actor Alan Curtis, Ms. Massey died of cancer in 1974.

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