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They Met in the Dark (1943)

Approved | | Mystery, Romance, Thriller | 1 November 1943 (UK)
During WW2, a Royal Navy Commander stumbles upon a murdered woman and discovers a network of Nazi spies and Fifth-Columnists.

Director:

Karel Lamac

Writers:

Anthony Gilbert (novel), Basil Bartlett (scenario) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Mason ... Richard Francis Heritage
Joyce Howard ... Laura Verity
Tom Walls ... Christopher Child
Phyllis Stanley ... Lily Bernard
Edward Rigby ... Mansel
Ronald Ward ... Carter
David Farrar ... Commander Lippinscott
Karel Stepanek ... Riccardo
Betty Warren Betty Warren ... Fay
Walter Crisham ... Charlie
George Robey ... Pawnbroker
Ronald Chesney ... Max - Mouth Harmonica Player
Peggy Dexter Peggy Dexter ... Bobby
Finlay Currie ... Merchant Captain
Brefni O'Rorke ... Detective Inspector Burrows
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Storyline

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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From a story by Anthony Gilbert.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1943 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Contre-espionnage See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Since this was filmed in England during World War II, the odd-looking things on most cars' headlights are blackout deflectors. These kept the light pointed down at the road ahead and much less visible to enemy planes from above. See more »

Goofs

The piece of paper that was in the hand of Mary's body (Patricia Medina character) and Laura (Joyce Howard's character) took and put in her purse, later when they were going to bury Mary's body, the piece of paper is in her hand again. 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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Crazy Credits

The second screen of co-stars has listed at the bottom "etc, etc, etc." See more »

Alternate Versions

The Odeon Best of British DVD is the 94 min version which was brought out by EROS in 1948. The 104 min version was cut because it was felt it was too long. among the deletions are the whole role of The Pawnbroker(George Robey). See more »

Soundtracks

TODDLE ALONG
Music by Benjamin Frankel
Lyric by Moira Heath
Sung by Phyllis Stanley
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Very familiar! Too familar!
16 May 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

James Mason was a darned fine actor...one of my favorites. However, I'd be an idiot to say that everything he did was as good as gold....and "They Met in the Dark" is not a particularly good film. The acting is decent but the script is essentially a ton of cliches and familiar movie plots....and I can see why it's never listed among his best work.

The plot to "They Met in the Dark" is essentially a 1930s mystery B-movie, Hitchcock's "The Lady Vanishes" and a wartime propaganda picture all rolled into one. Because of this, so many cliches are present...annoying and overly familiar ones. For example, a woman discovers a dead body and tells the police. In the meantime, someone hid the body and the cops IMMEDIATELY assume she's making it all up and refuse to investigate. Would ANY police force do this? Probably not...but it's a common trope in films. Other cliches abound and the actors try their best....but it's all just too familiar and trivial. After a while, I just didn't care about the ship's captain and his struggle to prove his innocence in a dereliction of duty case.

Watchable, certainly...but poorly written and if you've seen a lot of movies, you'll probably be a bit annoyed by all this.


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