Efforts of the Belgian underground to thwart the Nazi grip form the basis for this thrilling melodrama, which often reaches the melodramatic heights of 39 Steps. Picture contains about an hour of suspenseful action.
Director Anthony Asquith has done much to develop the yarn. Whole action centers about the efforts of Belgium’s patriots to maintain regular publication of an underground paper as a constant thorn to the Nazi occupational troops. Scripters have taken Wolfgang Wilhelm’s story and framed it around the apparently unpatriotic Eric Portman, who quietly continues his underground operations while entertaining nightly at a cabaret for Nazi toppers. Walter Hudd is the editor of paper while at the same time turning out material for the Nazi publication, at a fee.
Portman, slightly reminiscent of Cary Grant, contributes a standout performance. Phyllis Calvert, as the wistful, but faithful Belgian worker, provides several romantic interludes with Portman.