The Invisible Menace

The Invisible Menace is a 1938 American mystery film directed by John Farrow and starring Boris Karloff.[1][2] It was also known as Without Warning.

The Invisible Menace
Film poster
Directed byJohn Farrow
Produced byBryan Foy
Hal B. Wallis
Jack L. Warner
Written byCrane Wilbur
Based onplay Without Warning by Ralph Spencer Zink
StarringBoris Karloff
Marie Wilson
CinematographyL. William O'Connell
Edited byHarold McLernon
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • January 22, 1938 (1938-01-22)
Running time
55 minutes
CountryUnited States


An army private (Craven) and his new bride (Wilson) are trying to honeymoon on an island occupied by the military and a murderer.



The film was based on a play Without Warning by Ralph Spencer Zink which had a short run on Broadway in May 1937.[3] The New York Times called it a "competent detective play."[4]

Warner Bros bought the film rights and assigned Boris Karloff to star and John Farrow to direct. Jane Wyman was originally meant to play the female lead.[5][6]

Wyman was replaced by Marie Wilson. Filming started August 1937.[7]

See also


  1. Jacobs 2011, pp. 2216–217.
  2. "The Invisible Menace". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  3. ' WITHOUT WARNING' WILL OPEN TONIGHT. (May 1, 1937). New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  4. By, B. A. (May 3, 1937). THE PLAY. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  5. Special to THE NEW,YORK TIMES. (July 12, 1937). NEWS OF THE SCREEN. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  6. Schallert, E. (July 26, 1937). SALARY WAR GIVES YOUNG SCOTT ROLE IN BARTHOLOMEW PICTURE. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  7. NEW FILM PRODUCTIONS STARTED DURING WEEK. (August 8, 1937). Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from


  • Jacobs, Stephen (2011). Boris Karloff: More Than a Monster (1st ed.). Sheffield: Tomohawk Press. pp. 2216–217. ISBN 978-0955767043.
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