The Spy in Black (U-Boat 29)
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The Spy In Black is the story of a German World War I submarine captain (Conrad Veidt) who is given a mission to discover British intelligence secrets. Once he arrives in the Orkney Islands, he meets up with a female schoolteacher (Valerie Hobson), who happens to be a German agent. Veidt falls in love with Hobson before discovering she's actually a double agent for the British. In America, Spy in Black was originally released under the title U-Boat 29. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Veidt has a strong role for which he's admirably suited. Sebastian Shaw is excellent as the English naval officer. Valerie Hobson, as the other spy, is creditable."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The film is dark and beautifully textured, though not as visually rich as the later, higher-budgeted Powell pictures."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Powell fuses Pressburger's amusing detail work into a dapper study"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The Spy In Black may fall short of being a classic, but you can't argue with just how thought-provoking a film it is -- and it's a gripping, entertaining wartime thriller to boot."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
"Darkness, foreboding and regret, rather than any sense of propaganda, dominate this extraordinarily atmospheric World War I spy story made on the eve of World War II"
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Strong writing combines with striking cinematography and talented direction to make this a satisfying entertainment."
‑ Peter Freedman, Radio Times
"It's a peculiar and rather wonderful mismatch of subject matter and tone that, if not a success at elucidating great moral complexities of war, asks us to take unusual and perhaps unflattering pleasure in old intrigues."
‑ Sky Hirschkron, Stylus Magazine
"U-Boat 29 is the most exciting spy melodrama since the advent of the Second World War."
‑ Frank S. Nugent, New York Times
"Veidt is sensational."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A marvelous B film spy yarn."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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