Jaap van Leyden (Sir Ralph Richardson) 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?
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Selected as the First Picture to be Shown at the San Francisco United Nations Conference
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As Van Leyden leaves his shipyard, the next shot shows him in Queen Mary's Drive, Port Sunlight Village, Merseyside. As this is close to Cammell Laird shipyard which doubled as the Dutch location, the film producers used this location as well. See more
Jaap van Leyden
The truth is that a Nation will only live as long as it has people ready to die.
[spoken and diary entry
Opening credits prologue: "I know death hath ten thousand several doors
For men to take their exits". See more
Piet Hein's Name Is Short
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 See more