|THEY MET IN THE DARK (director: Carl Lamac; screenwriters: Anatole de Grunwald/Miles Malleson/Basil Bartlett/Victor MacClure/James Seymour/based on the novel "The Vanished Corpse" by Anthony Gilbert; cinematographer: Otto Heller; editor: Winifred Cooper/Terence Fisher; music: Ben Frankel; cast: James Mason (Richard Francis Heritage), Joyce Howard (Laura Verity), Tom Walls (Christopher Child), Phyllis Stanley (Lily Bernard, singer), Edward Rigby (Mansel), Ronald Ward (Carter), David Farrar (Commander Lippinscott), Karel Stepanek (The Great Riccardo, a mind reader), Betty Warren (Fay), Walter Crisham(Charlie), George Robey (Pawnbroker), Ronald Chesney (Max, Mouth Harmonica Player), Peggy Dexter (Bobby), Finlay Currie (Merchant Captain), Brefni O'Rorke (Detective Inspector Burrows); Runtime: 95; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Marcel Hellman; General Film Distributors; 1943-UK)|
|"The thriller only offers a
routine espionage story, despite Mason's
pleasing quirky performance and Walls'
charming villainous one."
by Dennis Schwartz
Czech filmmaker Carl Lamac ("He Stood
at the Till"/"The Young Count"/"A Girl From The
Chorus") directs one of the few Brit films he did.
It's an oddball b/w wartime thriller that stars a
bearded James Mason. It's based on the
novel “The Vanished Corpse” by Anthony Gilbert (a
pseudonym used by Lucy Malleson).
Navy Commander Heritage (James Mason) is duped by a
pretty Nazi agent, Mary, a manicurist, into giving
false info about a British merchant ship that goes
missing. A court martial results and his military
career is over. Hoping to get back his good name, he
joins forces with his romantic interest, the Canadian
Laura Verity (Joyce Howard), to
find the agent in Blackpool who set him up. They find
her killed and on her corpse they find a theatrical
agency calling card. On further investigation of the
talent agency, they uncover that the Blackpool
theatrical agent Christopher Child (Tom
Walls) uses his business as a front for his spy
The thriller only offers a routine espionage story, despite Mason's pleasing quirky performance and Walls' charming villainous one.
REVIEWED ON 8/27/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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