They Met in the Dark
They Met in the Dark is a 1943 British comedy thriller film directed by Karel Lamac and starring James Mason, Joyce Howard and Edward Rigby. The screenplay concerns a cashiered Royal Naval officer and a young woman who join forces to solve a murder and hunt down a German spy ring. The film features a single song sung by Phyllis Stanley, "Toddle Along" (Ben Frankel, Moira Heath).
|They Met in the Dark|
French theatrical poster
|Directed by||Karel Lamac|
|Produced by||Marcel Hellman|
|Written by||Anatole de Grunwald|
scenario by Basil Bartlett, Victor McClure and James Seymour
|Based on||a novel The Vanishing Corpse by Anthony Gilbert|
|Music by||Benjamin Frankel (as Ben Frankel)|
|Edited by||Winifred Cooper|
Marcel Hellman Productions (as Excelsior Films Ltd.)
|Distributed by||General Film Distributors (UK)|
|1 November 1943 (UK)|
- James Mason as Richard Francis Heritage
- Joyce Howard as Laura Verity
- Tom Walls as Christopher Child
- Phyllis Stanley as Lily Bernard
- Edward Rigby as Mansel
- Ronald Ward as Carter
- David Farrar as Commander Lippinscott
- Karel Stepanek as Riccardo
- Betty Warren as Fay
- Patricia Medina as Mary, the manicurist
- Walter Crisham as Charlie
- George Robey as Pawnbroker
- Ronald Chesney as Max, Mouth Harmonica Player
- Peggy Dexter as Bobby
- Finlay Currie as Merchant Captain
- Brefni O'Rorke as Detective Inspector Burrows
- Leonard Sharp as Bus Conductor
- Terence de Marney as Code Expert
- Anthony Dawson as 2nd Code Expert
Radio Times noted "an old-fashioned, run-of-the-mill and unlikely espionage thriller-come-romance, it was topical during the Second World War years, but is rather unrewarding now"; while Britmovie wrote, "there are capable performances from all involved but it’s Tom Walls, the urbane Aldwych farceur, who steals the limelight when cast against type as a charming villain."
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