Contraband

Less stylish than The Spy in Black, this espionage thriller is more fun, with its tongue-in-cheek plot revelling in Hitchcockian eccentricities. Making atmospheric use of London under the blackout (including a tout hawking electric torches and gas mask cases at Victoria Station), it has its German agents operating from a warehouse packed with patriotic busts of Neville Chamberlain, while hero and heroine tour a series of bizarre nightclubs before rounding up the villains with enthusiastic help from a posse of Danish waiters and carousing rugby players picked up en route. Minor by Powell & Pressburger standards, but most enjoyable.

Release details

Duration: 92 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Michael Powell
Screenwriter: Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell, Brock Williams
Cast: Conrad Veidt
Valerie Hobson
Hay Petrie
Raymond Lovell
Esmond Knight
Charles Victor
Peter Bull
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