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They Met in the Dark (1943)





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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


James Mason
as Cmdr. Richard Heritage
Joyce Howard
as Laura Verity
Tom Walls
as Christopher Child
Phyllis Stanley
as Lily Bernard
David Farrar
as Cmdr. Lippinscott
George Robey
as Pawnbroker
Finlay Currie
as Merchant Captain
Jeanne De Casalis
as Lady with Dog
Eric Mason
as Benson
Herbert Lomas
as Van Driver
Charles Victor
as Pub Owner
Robert Sansom
as Petty Officer Grant
Brefni O'Rourke
as Inspector Burrows
Terence de Marney
as Code Expert
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Critic Reviews for They Met in the Dark

All Critics (1)

The thriller only offers a routine espionage story, despite Mason's pleasing quirky performance and Walls' charming villainous one.

August 29, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for They Met in the Dark

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.

Henrik Schunk
Henrik Schunk

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