They Met in the Dark (1943)
In this WWII drama, James Mason plays naval commander Richard Heritage, who is distracted from his duties by a beautiful young woman who is secretly in cahoots with Nazi spies. By accident, Heritage lets her discover the sailing dates of American warships. The mistake costs the U.S. Navy a war ship and costs Heritage his post. After his court-martial, he sets off to find the girl who tripped him up and discovers that she has been killed. With the help of Laura Verity (Joyce Howard), he uncovers the Nazi spy ring, which is being operated under the guise of a British theatrical agency in the seaside town of Blackpool. The head of the outfit is master spy Christopher Child (Tom Walls), a fearsome villain. Heritage hopes to redeem himself and win the heart of Laura by defeating Child and his schemes. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi … More
as Cmdr. Richard Herita...
as Laura Verity
as Christopher Child
as Lily Bernard
as Cmdr. Lippinscott
as Merchant Captain
as Lady with Dog
as Van Driver
as Pub Owner
as Petty Officer Grant
as Inspector Burrows
as Code Expert
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Unisnpired and boring. Despite James Mason's best efforts to keep a face that might suggest a film noir, the story never gets going and the cast, especially the female lead (Joyce Howard) is a pain in the eye to look at. Instead of focussing on the spionage themed story, the plot focusses on whether the female lead trusts the hero or doesn't. Thus, the movie involuntarily feels like a screwball comedy, despite trying so hard to be full of tension. There is all but on twist in the movie, and you can see it coming when the opening credits role, that's how obvious it is. Stay away from it. Unknown for a reason.More
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