The Spy in Black
The Spy in Black (1939)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 12, 1939
DVD Release Date: November 28, 2011
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Variety Staff

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The film is dark and beautifully textured, though not as visually rich as the later, higher-budgeted Powell pictures.

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TV Guide

Veidt is sensational.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

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

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Monthly Film Bulletin

The acting is outstandingly good. Conrad Veidt is brilliant in the lead.

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Fernando F. Croce

Powell fuses Pressburger's amusing detail work into a dapper study

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Frank S. Nugent
New York Times

U-Boat 29 is the most exciting spy melodrama since the advent of the Second World War.

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Peter Freedman
Radio Times

Strong writing combines with striking cinematography and talented direction to make this a satisfying entertainment.

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Sky Hirschkron
Stylus Magazine

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Browning
A solid and fun early British film from Michael Powell, "The Spy in Black" shows his early prowess with the camera. Even though It's considered a… More
Emily B.
Michael Powell's first collaboration with Pressburger. Whilst clearly not as good as their later works, 'The Spy In Black' is still an… More