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The Spy in Black (1939)

Approved | | Thriller, War | 7 October 1939 (USA)
A German submarine is sent to the Orkney Isles in 1917 to sink the British fleet.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lt. Ashington
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Jean - The School Mistress
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Lt. Felix Schuster
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Anne Burnett
Athole Stewart ...
The Rev. Hector Matthews
Agnes Lauchlan ...
Mrs. Matthews
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Mrs. Sedley
Cyril Raymond ...
The Rev. John Harris
George Summers ...
Captain Ratter
Hay Petrie ...
James - Ship's Engineer
Grant Sutherland ...
Bob Bratt
Robert Rendel ...
Admiral
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Chauffeuse
Margaret Moffat ...
Kate (as Margaret Moffatt)
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Storyline

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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Women and children first...to die...in U-Boat attack! Suicide submarine crews ravage the high seas...in history's most ruthless slaughter of innocents! See more »

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Thriller | War

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Release Date:

7 October 1939 (USA)  »

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Spy in Black  »

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Budget:

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

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film begins on Saturday March 17th 1917. 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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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: KIEL BASE OF THE GERMAN GRAND FLEET 1917 See more »

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Referenced in Enigma (2001) See more »

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Comparison with first viewing of the movie in 1939
18 February 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie on Derby Day 1939 at the then Capitol Cinema in Epsom Surrey UK when I had intended to watch the world famous horse race to be run that day on the nearby Epsom Downs. However, the weather was so wet and windy that I decided to go to a cinema instead. Having just watched the film on television I find that it thrilled me just as much as an octogenarian as it did when I was a teenager in 1939. In my view this is one of the finest of the 1930s British films. The fine quality of the direction and the talent of the principal actors and supporting cast make this a memorable piece of fiction which accurately reflects the narrow attitudes to manners that prevailed in remote parts of Scotland during the time of the first world war.


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