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"Contraband" (original title)

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Early in World War II, Danish sea captain Andersen, delayed in a British port, tangles with German spies.

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Mrs.Sorensen
Hay Petrie ...
Axel Skold / Erik Skold
Joss Ambler ...
Lt. Cmdr. Ashton, RNR
Raymond Lovell ...
Van Dyne
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Mr.Pidgeon
Charles Victor ...
Hendrick
Phoebe Kershaw ...
Miss Lang
Harold Warrender ...
Lt. Cmdr. Ellis, RN
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Passport Officer
Eric Maturin ...
Passport Officer
Paddy Browne ...
Singer in 'Regency'
Henry Wolston ...
First Danish Waiter
Julian Vedey ...
Second Danish Waiter
Sydney Moncton ...
Third Danish Waiter
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Storyline

This is the tale of life in a British port in the first year of World War II. Spies and smugglers abound in the blackout and unreal shore life of the "phoney war" (before the shooting started). Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Stop that man and woman! His mission is deadlier than that of the enemy in the sky. Her beauty is a dangerous weapon of war!

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Adventure | Romance

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29 November 1940 (USA)  »

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Blackout  »

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£47,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The British destroyer shown several times early in the movie, marked with the hull number "H11", was HMS Basilisk. She was sunk by air attack off Dunkirk on 1 June 1940. See more »

Quotes

Mrs.Sorensen: Did you ever try being married? That can be quite a big adventure.
Captain Anderson: [sighs] Why do women always say that? Marriage ends adventure.
Mrs.Sorensen: [copies sigh] Why do men always say that?
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References Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922) See more »

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Music by Richard Addinsell
Lyrics by Paddy Browne
Sung by Paddy Browne
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Marvelous light-hearted spy adventure
12 April 2000 | by (Boulder, Colorado, USA) – See all my reviews

The plot is well paced and fun, although a bit convoluted. But, Conrad Veidt and Valerie Hobson are the hidden pleasures in this film. She's beautiful and witty. He's tall (very), handsome, and debonaire. Together they're very sexy: their relationship here is reminiscent of that of William Powell and Myrna Loy in the Thin Man and Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint in North-By-Northwest. The scene in which they break the bonds in which the villains have tied them is wonderfully erotic. Above all, Contraband demonstrates how film makers (outside of Powell and Pressberger) missed the boat in not taking advantage of Veidt's sophisticated persona, understated acting skills, and comedic flair.


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