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.[1] 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.[2] The film features a single song sung by Phyllis Stanley, "Toddle Along" (Ben Frankel, Moira Heath).[3]

They Met in the Dark
French theatrical poster
Directed byKarel Lamac
Produced byMarcel Hellman
Written byAnatole de Grunwald
Miles Malleson
scenario by Basil Bartlett, Victor McClure and James Seymour
Based ona novel The Vanishing Corpse by Anthony Gilbert
StarringJames Mason
Joyce Howard
Tom Walls
Music byBenjamin Frankel (as Ben Frankel)
CinematographyOtto Heller
Edited byWinifred Cooper
Terence Fisher
Marcel Hellman Productions (as Excelsior Films Ltd.)
Distributed byGeneral Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
1 November 1943 (UK)
Running time
104 min
CountryUnited Kingdom

It was shot at Teddington Studios in London. The film's sets were designed by the art director Norman G. Arnold.


Critical reception

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";[4] 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."[5]


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