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The Spy in Black (1939)

A German submarine is sent to the Orkney Isles in 1917 to sink the British fleet.

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Anne Burnett
Athole Stewart ...
The Rev. Hector Matthews
Agnes Lauchlan ...
Mrs. Matthews
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Mrs. Sedley
Cyril Raymond ...
George Summers ...
Captain Ratter
Hay Petrie ...
Grant Sutherland ...
Bob Bratt
Robert Rendel ...
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Margaret Moffat ...
Kate (as Margaret Moffatt)
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When a German U-Boat captain is sent on a spying mission to the North of Scotland during World War One, he finds more than he bargained for in his contact, the local schoolmistress. Written by Ian Harries <ih@doc.ic.ac.uk>

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7 October 1939 (USA)  »

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£47,300 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There was a U29 in the German Navy during the Great War. It was sunk in the Pentland Firth in 1915, by being rammed by HMS Dreadnought. See more »

Goofs

In the German submarine, the officers refer to depths in feet, and the depth gauge is calibrated in feet. On a German ship, depths would be measured in meters. See more »

Quotes

The Reverand John Harris: That medal ribbon. I don't seem to recognise it. What is it?
Captain Hardt: The Iron Cross... Second Class.
The Reverand John Harris: Second Class... then you must be a prisoner of war?
Captain Hardt: No.
[draws gun]
Captain Hardt: You are.
The Reverand John Harris: Oh dear.
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Opening credits prologue: KIEL BASE OF THE GERMAN GRAND FLEET 1917 See more »

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early Powell and Pressburger classic
8 March 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Here, Conrad Veidt (looking lovely in this) and Valerie Hobson (a little stiff) team for the first time in an unusual war thriller cum romance which uses its locations, script, actors, and pace to great effect. Even if you don't particularly like war films, this has more going on that you'd think, and repays more than one viewing. As an early P&P it does have hints of some of the classics to come - probably a closest link to 49th Parallel. An atmospheric film which dared, on the brink of real-life war, to have a German soldier who you do sympathise with, even if he brings his misfortunes on himself.


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