|Directed by||Harold French|
|Produced by||William Sistrom|
|Written by||Louis Golding
|Music by||Mischa Spoliansky|
|Edited by||Alan Jaggs|
|Distributed by||Eagle-Lion Distributors|
|2 October 1944|
|97 minutes (UK)|
|Box office||$229,246 (US rentals)|
Set in the late 1930s, Isaac Emmanuel has retired from a Jewish welfare agency in Doomington, England, and is looking for something to do with his time. A letter arrives asking him to come to the aide of a friend who is caring for three German boys who are refugees from Nazi Germany. One of the three, a Jewish boy named Bruno Rosenheim, is very despondent over the recent death of his father and the disappearance of his mother. He waits to get a letter from her, but the letter never arrives. Mr. Emmanuel, a British citizen who himself is a former refugee from Russia, sympathizes with the young man. After the lad attempts to take his life, Mr. Emmanuel promises to travel to Germany to find out what he can about Bruno's mother.
Once he arrives in Germany Emmanuel takes lodging at a boarding-house. He enquires of those around him, not realizing how unusual and potentially dangerous it is to do so. Everyone he meets is too scared to give him information. The police and even refugee organisations are also unhelpful. Late one night the Gestapo arrive and take Mr. Emmanuel from his bed to a prison for questioning. The initial line of questioning is of being a spy and communist sympathizer. Mr. Emmanuel believes that his British citizenship will provide some measure of protection, but the police then tie him to the assignation of a high-ranking party official, and the criminal charge places Mr. Emmanuel beyond the help of the British embassy. While incarcerated Mr Emmanuel watches as fellow prisoners are tortured and led off to execution.
Elsie Silver, a half-Jewish nightclub singer and the toast of Berlin society, recognises Emmanuel from England, where she grew up. She tries to intervene, but gets nowhere. She convinces her social-climbing Nazi protector to assist, and Emmanuel is released, with twelve hours to leave Germany. Instead of leaving the country, he continues to search for Bruno's mother. He eventually finds her, but she is now married to a prominent Nazi and denies that she is Jewish or that she has a son.
Sadly, Mr Emmanuel returns to Britain and tells Bruno that his mother is dead.
- Felix Aylmer as Mr Emmanuel
- Peter Mullins as Bruno
- Greta Gynt as Elsie Silver
- Walter Rilla as Willi Brockenburg
- Ursula Jeans as Frau Heinkes
- Friedrich Richter as Herr Heinkes
- Elspeth March as Mrs. Cooper
- Meier Tzelniker as Sam Silver
- Helen Misener as Mrs Silver
- Louis de Wohl as Hermann Göring
- Norman Pierce as Captain John Cooper
- Charles Goldner as Committee Secretary
- Margaret Vyner as Frau Lindström
- Jean Simmons as Sally Cooper
- Geoffrey Macnab, J. Arthur Rank and the British Film Industry, London, Routledge (1993) p163