Genius at Work (1946): Leslie Goodwins’ Comedy, Starring Lionel Atwill and Bela Lugosi

Leslie Goodwins directed Genius at Work, a comedy written by Monte Brice and Robert E. Kent, and starring Wally Brown, Alan Carney, Anne Jeffreys, Lionel Atwill and Bela Lugosi.

Jerry Miles and Mike Strager co-host a radio mystery series, “Crime of the Week,” with Ellen Brent writing their scripts. When she writes about the kidnapping of millionaire John Saunders by “The Cobra,” it’s close to the facts of the case.

The radio station’s owner Latimer Marsh is the Cobra, assisted in his diabolical crimes by Stone, his sadistic butler.

Chloroform is used on Ellen when she gets close to the truth and an attempt is made to frame her for the kidnapping and a murder. The bumbling and cowardly Jerry and Mike try to be of help, but it’s Lt. Rick Campbell who saves them all.

RKO Pictures released the movie on October 20, 1946.

Wally Brown as Jerry Miles
Alan Carney as Mike Strager
Anne Jeffreys as Ellen Brent
Lionel Atwill as Latimer Marsh / The Cobra
Bela Lugosi as Stone
Marc Cramer as Lt. Rick Campbell
Ralph Dunn as Lt. Gilley


TCM showed the movie on April 10, 2020.


Films directed by Leslie Goodwins

1930s: 14 features

Dummy Ache (1936)

With Love and Kisses (1936)

The Devil Diamond (1937)

Anything for a Thrill (1937)

Should Wives Work? (1937)

Deep South (1937)

Crime Ring (1938)

Fugitives for a Night (1938)

Mr. Doodle Kicks Off (1938)

Tarnished Angel (1938)

Almost a Gentleman (1939)

The Girl from Mexico (1939)

Sued for Libel (1939)

The Day the Bookies Wept (1939)

1940s: 29 features

Mexican Spitfire (1940)

Pop Always Pays (1940)

Men Against the Sky (1940)

Mexican Spitfire Out West (1940)

Let’s Make Music (1941)

They Met in Argentina (1941)

Parachute Battalion (1941)

The Mexican Spitfire’s Baby (1941)

Mexican Spitfire at Sea (1942)

Mexican Spitfire Sees a Ghost (1942)

Mexican Spitfire’s Elephant (1942)

Ladies’ Day (1943)

Gals, Incorporated (1943)

Mexican Spitfire’s Blessed Event (1943)

The Adventures of a Rookie (1943)

Silver Skates (1943)

Rookies in Burma (1943)

Casanova in Burlesque (1944)

Goin’ to Town (1944)

The Singing Sheriff (1944)

Hi, Beautiful (1944)

The Mummy’s Curse (1944)

I’ll Tell the World (1945)

An Angel Comes to Brooklyn (1945)

Riverboat Rhythm (1946)

Genius at Work (1946)

Vacation in Reno (1946)

Dragnet (1947)

The Lone Wolf in London (1947)

1950s: 2 features

Fireman Save My Child (1954)

Paris Follies of 1956 (1955)