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Time Out review

Contraband (1940)

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 Nevill Chamberlain, while hero and heroine tour a series of bizzare 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.

AUTHOR Tom Milne

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