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.

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.

Uncensored

UK

Production

Gainsborough. Director Anthony Asquith; Producer Edward Black; Screenplay Rodney Ackland, Terence Rattigan; Camera Arthur Crabtree; Editor R.E. Dearing; Music Hanns May; Art Director Alex Vetchinsky

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1944. Running time: 82 MIN.

With

Eric Portman Phyllis Calvert Griffith Jones Irene Handl Peter Glenville Walter Hudd
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