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They Met in the Dark (1943)

A Royal navy Commander is tricked by a pretty girl who is working for the Nazis. She tricks him into revealing some military secrets and he is court-martialed. He vows to track her and her ... See full summary »

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Richard Francis Heritage
Joyce Howard ...
Laura Verity
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Christopher Child
Phyllis Stanley ...
Lily Bernard
Edward Rigby ...
Mansel
Ronald Ward ...
Carter
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Riccardo
Betty Warren ...
Fay
Walter Crisham ...
Charlie
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Pawnbroker
Ronald Chesney ...
Max, Mouth Harmonica Player
Peggy Dexter ...
Bobby
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Merchant Captain
Brefni O'Rorke ...
Detective Inspector Burrows
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A Royal navy Commander is tricked by a pretty girl who is working for the Nazis. She tricks him into revealing some military secrets and he is court-martialed. He vows to track her and her accomplices down. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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This is one of about three dozen British films picked up by CBS in 1949 for television presentation in New York City on WCBS (Channel 2). It's initial telecast took place Sunday 20 March 1949. See more »

Quotes

Henry: Nervous, aren't you? Don't worry, if you're legs are alright, you're alright.
Laura Verity: What do my legs got to do with it?
Henry: [looks over his glasses at her] You'd be surprised.
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TODDLE ALONG
Music by Benjamin Frankel
Lyric by Moira Heath
Sung by Phyllis Stanley
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70% of a Hitchcock
24 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"They Met in the Dark" is like the first draft of a Hitchcock film, before the better plotting, interesting camera-work, and Hitchcock wit is added. In fact, it's a blend of "The 39 Steps" and "The Lady Vanishes." With many of the same elements:

Man and woman meet during a mysterious incident. Check. They are forced to stay on the run together. Check. The "McGuffin" is a secret message about the military. Check. The secret is conveyed by a music hall entertainer. Check. The unlikely couple end up in love. Check.

It's interesting to see the difference between a perfectly fine movie and a great one. Hitchcock created striking lighting effects, innovative camera moves, and darker, more menacing threat.

"They Met in the Dark" is a perfectly charming diversion and a nice, little movie. But pales in comparison to the Hitchcock films of the same era.


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