Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. United Kingdom, 1946. Individual Pictures. Story by Frank Launder, Screenplay by Frank Launder, Sidney Gilliat, Wolfgang Wilhelm, additional dialogue by Liam Redmond. Cinematography by Wilkie Cooper. Produced by Sidney Gilliat, Frank Launder. Music by William Alwyn. Production Design by David Rawnsley. Costume Design by Joy Ricardo. Film Editing by Thelma Connell.
Deborah Kerr is magnificent in this early starring role, a delectable war drama. She plays a plucky Irish lass whose father has raised her to hate the English, so when she comes of age and can decide the course of her own life she boards a train and heads for the big city of Dublin with the aim of joining the IRA. When that goes sour, she takes a job at a local inn where she meets up with a Nazi spy; she agrees to help him because it’s the closest she can get to ruining her British enemies. When she meets and falls in love with a Brit (Trevor Howard) who may be a spy himself, Kerr realizes that life and morality are a lot more complicated than her childhood passions had led her to believe. Witty, intelligent screenplay, passionate performances and a healthy sense of adventure abound in this surefire winner.