The Spy In Black (1939)

MICHAEL POWELL

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1939.  Irving Asher Productions.  Story by , Scenario by , Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by

First collaboration between director/producer Michael Powell and producer/screenwriter Emeric Pressburger stars  as a Germany spy going undercover in Scotland to supervise a German U-boat’s attack in a very critical harbour for the British fleet. To help him out he has the assistance of a fellow spy () posing as his wife and the new local schoolteacher. What he doesn’t know is that she really works for the British government and is undercover as a German. Or is she? Hobson is excellent in this very nervewracking thriller that was the sign of good things to come from the dynamic British filmmaking team. Fans of early Hitchcock films like Secret Agent will love this one.

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