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The Spy in Black

The Spy in Black is a praiseworthy film on international espionage during World War I.

With:
Conrad Veidt Sebastian Shaw Valerie Hobson Marius Goring June Duprez Mary Morris

The Spy in Black is a praiseworthy film on international espionage during World War I.

The plot [adapted by Roland Pertwee from a novel by J. Storer Clouston], while necessarily melodramatic, is always within the range of possibility. Conrad Veidt, as captain of a German submarine, receives instructions to proceed to the Orkney Islands, where he’s to meet a woman spy, from whom he’s to take orders. She instructs him to sink 15 British ships cruising off the coast of Scotland, and contacts him with a discharged traitorous lieutenant of the British Navy.

Veidt has a strong role for which he’s admirably suited. Sebastian Shaw is excellent as the English naval officer. Valerie Hobson, as the other spy, is creditable.

The Spy in Black

UK

Production: Harefield/Korda. Director Michael Powell; Producer Irving Asher; Screenplay Emeric Pressburger; Camera Bernard Browne; Editor William Hornbeck, Hugh Stewart; Music Miklos Rozsa; Art Director Vincent Korda

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1939. Running time: 82 MIN.

With: Conrad Veidt Sebastian Shaw Valerie Hobson Marius Goring June Duprez Mary Morris

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