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Submitted by Roger Mellor

Contraband (1940)
"Radio Times" film guide

Director - Michael Powell
Starring - Conrad Veidt & Valerie Hobson
Running Time - 85 mins
Country of Origin - UK

Directed by Michael Powell from a story by Emeric Pressburger, this is a neat Second World War espionage thriller that depicts a London crawling with spies, rather in the manner of Alfred Hitchcock's Sabotage and The Man Who Knew Too Much. Powell makes brilliant use of the blackouts and includes one cheeky sequence when hundreds of unwanted plaster casts of Neville Chamberlain get shot to pieces. This would have been Deborah Kerr's first feature film, but all her scenes were left on the cutting room floor.

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