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Invisible Enemy(1938)

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Englishman Jeffrey Clavering is hired in London by The Great Eastern Oil Corporation to go to Paris to prevent unscrupulous industrialist Nikolai Kamarov from gaining control of their oil fields and turning them over to a foreign power. The company wants Jeff, a playboy and former intelligence officer, to make contact with Kamarov through his wife Sandra, with whom Jeff had once had a love affair. At first Jeff is reluctant, but when a gunman breaks into the meeting and steals his records, he accepts the assignment for a badly needed 50,000 pound fee. Jeff finds Sandra by waiting for her at "Le coq bleu," one of their old haunts, and with the help of Princess Stephanie, a fashionable dress shop owner and mutual friend. He then renews his relationship with the materialistic Sandra. When Kamarov learns that his wife is seeing Jeff, and also discovers Jeff's purpose, he decides to kill him. After Jeff's valet Bassett is killed in an encounter with one of Kamarov's men, Jeff gets Sergeant. Alfred M. Higgs, also an intelligence officer, to act as his valet and go with him to a party at Kamarov's estate near Fontainbleau. Stephanie, who has always loved Jeff, goes to the party as well. Sandra warns Jeff of the dangers and also tells him that Kamarov will be leaving for South America that night. During dinner, Kamarov orders one of his men to turn on electrical current that is wired to a chair occupied by Jeff, but Higgs is able to stop the man. A short time later, Jeff and Higgs steal papers that are supposed to incriminate Kamarov, but soon find that the papers are merely stock certificates for Eastern Oil. When they return to complete the job, they discover that Kamarov has gone to Paris to attend a meeting to sell the real papers to representatives of a foreign power. Hoping to infiltrate the meeting, Jeff pretends to be a driver sent to bring one of the men, Signor Bramucci, to the meeting, but is knocked unconscious by the suspicious Bramucci. Higgs rescues him and they summon the police to raid the meeting and photograph the men present. Kamarov escapes capture, but realizing that he has been marked for death by his former cohorts, he returns to his estate, sits in his electric dining chair and turns on the current. With the case settled, Jeff and Higgs go to the airport and send Sandra off alone while Jeff tells Stephanie he loves her.