Jaap van Leyden is in charge of a shipyard in newly occupied Holland. At first he collaborates with the Germans because it is the easiest course to follow. Later a child's rhyme reminds him... See full summary »

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Von Schiffer
Beresford Egan ...
Krampf
Frederick Burtwell ...
Captain Müller
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Willem Akkerman ...
Willem van Leyden
Dorothy Gordon ...
Janni Peters
Charles Victor ...
Bastiaan Peters
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Jost Meertens
Joss Ambler ...
Cornelis Smit
Margaret Emden ...
Bertha
George Schelderup ...
Dirk
Neville Mapp ...
Joop
Ivor Barnard ...
Admiral
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Jaap van Leyden is in charge of a shipyard in newly occupied Holland. At first he collaborates with the Germans because it is the easiest course to follow. Later a child's rhyme reminds him of his patriotic duty, but how best to resist the Nazis without endangering his wife and fellow workers ? Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Even the Woman he loved could not guess for the strange behavior of this cunning Man

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Emeric Pressburger wrote the original story but was unhappy with the way it was handled, especially the way the brutality of the Nazis was diminished, so he didn't allow his name to be used as a writer. He was happy to leave his name on the film as a producer. See more »

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I know death hath ten thousand several doors for men to take their exits. See more »

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Piet Hein's Name Is Short
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Lyrics by Jan Pieter Heije
English Lyrics by Tommie Connor
Music by Johannes Viotta
Arranged by Allan Gray
Sung by the teacher and the students in the school
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Double cross Dutch style in the second world war with tragic success
3 December 2015 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

This is a wonder of a film, completely unknown and gradually being discovered as an exceptional gem of priceless interest in the flood of war propaganda films of the second world war. Emeric Pressburger wrote the original story, and you can trace his hand everywhere, so that it actually could be suspected on reasonable grounds that this was an ordinary Powell- Pressburger film all through, but Vernon Sewell, who lived to be almost 98 and made many praiseworthy films, together with Gordon Wellesley softened the script somewhat and made it more stringent with marvellous results for the action, the developing plot of constant surprises, the very sensitive nuances of the characters and all supported by the perfectly adapted dramatic music by Allan Gray. Although Ralph Richardson makes as eloquent and clearcut a character as ever, always reliable for interesting and straight-backed integrity, the most interesting performance is by Esmond Knight as the leading nazi, making quite a nazi character out of the ordinary in hilarious serious caricature. Pressburger disagreed with turning the character thus, but it's a great success - you'll never forget his plater of spaghetti, perhaps the best scene in the film. In brief, this is a surprisingly sparkling film of suspense and intelligence to discover and enjoy and with great delight never to part with.


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