Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. United Kingdom, 1939. Irving Asher Productions. Story by J. Storer Clouston, Scenario by Roland Pertwee, Screenplay by Emeric Pressburger. Cinematography by Bernard Browne. Produced by Irving Asher. Music by Miklos Rozsa. Production Design by Vincent Korda. Film Editing by Hugh Stewart.
First collaboration between director/producer Michael Powell and producer/screenwriter Emeric Pressburger stars Conrad Veidt 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 (Valerie Hobson) 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.