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A period piece - watch it in context
on 12 November 2012
This film was made during the war when nobody knew whether Britain would prevail or not. That's important: films made after the war have the inbuilt certainty that the viewer knows the overall outcome. This one had uncertainty as its backdrop: a very real fear that the nation could be overrun.
The message of the film is 'beware to whom you are talking - they could be spies' and the plot twists and turns until the eventual revelation and ending.
By modern day standards the production is minimalist - not surprising when there was no scope for extravagance. But nothing can detract from the roll-call of first rate actors, including one of my favourites, Alastair Sim. He is superb - dominating the screen whenever he is on.
A brilliant film? No, at least not by later standards. An important film? Yes, very much so. It transmits the sense of fear and uncertainty of the war years. Watch it in that context and you will find it gives an important historical perspective of the tension through which everyone was forced to live at the time.