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They Met In The Dark [DVD]

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  • Actors: James Mason, Phyllis Stanley, Tom Walls, Joyce Howard
  • Directors: Carl Lamac
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Jun. 2011
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004XZGVDS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,941 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The first ever DVD release of this classic British mystery. A thrilling wartime espionage drama in which the respected naval commander Richard Heritage (James Mason) is duped by Mary, an attractive, enemy agent who plants false naval movement orders on him. As a consequence of these false plans, a merchant ship is lost to enemy submarines and Heritage is court-martialled for disobeying orders before being found guilty and summarily dismissed from the Navy. Following his return to civilian life Heritage endeavours to prove his innocence by tracking down the beautiful agent who double crossed him. Working on a tip-off that she is at a remote house on the coast called Orchard Cottage, Heritage visits the house during a stormy night only to discover Mary s dead body in one of the bedrooms. When Laura Verity (Joyce Howard) enters the house a few moments later, she presumes that Heritage is the murderer and flees to call the police. But when the dead body disappears, Laura and Heritage begin to realise that they are just pawns in a dangerous chess game played by Christopher Child (Tom Walls), the head of a Nazi spy ring. Extra Features include: Booklet notes and Best of British trailers

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By A. W. Wilson TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Sept. 2011
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I agree with some of Ronald Haak's criticism, tho perhaps I am not quite so disapointed as he is. I certainly can't give this film 5 stars. I have to say that Odeon have produced a decent booklet, except it's pretty full of itself and we aren't talking about "Citizen Kane", and the print is as good as they could get, I'm sure (and that's pretty good), so no worries there, It's the plot that lets the film down. Frankly, even in '43 it must have been a bit old hat, and it's full of holes and typical Male/Female misunderstandings that make you want to scream. However, the cast is good, tho Mason is actually wasted (miscast?),butJoyce Howard as the (sometimes annoying) heroine does her best as does Tom Walls, Phyllis Stanley (particularly good) as Lily. Also David Farrar, Edward Rigby, and Peggy Dexter as innocent blonde Bobby used by the spies as a decoy. Patricia Medina is there in a small role as Mary in the beginning. Can you believe Ronald Chesney has a dramatic role and plays the Harmonica (How many readers remember him?). This is a film of it's time and has dated badly, but should appeal somewhat to film buffs and lovers of vintage British Cinema. Otherwise I'm not so sure, but I did get some enjoyment from it so not a complete failure.
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This movie is strangely good even though the story has been done 100 times! It stars James Mason who is suspended from his job as Naval commander,for being suspected of being a Nazi spy, he is innocent though and must prove it, so off he goes to Blackpool to start his investigations. One of his ex girlfriends has gone missing and he is told to meet her at Orchard Cottage, here he meets Joyce Howard who is visiting her uncles who live at the cottage but she finds the murdered body of this ex girlfriend and of course thinks that Mr.mason is the murderer,she goes to the police and reports it but when the police go with them to see the body has mysteriously vanished,where is it? Who has moved it? A nice little story unfolds and is worth watching even though the plot is obvious. James Mason is brilliant and very very good looking so is a must for all his fans!!! I recommend it heartily!!
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I was very disappointed in this DVD because there are big chunks missing from the film or maybe I just got a bad copy - I kept rewinding because I couldn't understand what was going on. One minute they were in the studio and the next in the street with the female obviously having just visited someone because they're talking about it ... who it was I have no idea. That was the first jump I was aware of and there were others as the film progressed, the result being that the plot didn't make any sense - who was that person who's just popped up at the house, I wondered but, alas, I'll never know how she got there nor why. It was as though someone had found the film, realised that there were a lot of poorly preserved sections so they were just cut out and the rest of the film cobbled together.

Unfortunately, I bought this in June and it was November before I got round to opening it so it is too late to return it; a complete waste of money. From the other reviews it seems as though the film watched was all right or maybe the other films jumped too and that's why it hasn't got very good reviews.

I shall contact Amazon about this because I think this is an issue which should be taken up with the supplier of the DVD. Great pity because I'd looked forward to watching it.
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