They Met in the Dark

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They Met in the Dark
"They Met in the Dark" (1943).jpeg
French theatrical poster
Directed by Karel Lamac
Produced by Marcel Hellman
Written by Anatole de Grunwald
Miles Malleson
scenario by Basil Bartlett, Victor McClure and James Seymour
Based on a novel The Vanishing Corpse by Anthony Gilbert
Starring James Mason
Joyce Howard
Tom Walls
Music by Benjamin Frankel (as Ben Frankel)
Cinematography Otto Heller
Edited by Winifred Cooper
Terence Fisher
Marcel Hellman Productions (as Excelsior Films Ltd.)
Distributed by General Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
1 November 1943 (UK)
Running time
104 min
Country United Kingdom
Language English

They Met in the Dark is a 1943 British thriller film directed by Karel Lamac and starring James Mason, Joyce Howard and Edward Rigby.[1] A cashiered Royal Naval officer and a young woman join forces to solve a murder and hunt down a German spy ring.[2] The film features a single song sung by Phyllis Stanley, "Toddle Along" (Ben Frankel, Moira Heath). [3]


Critical reception[edit]

Radio Times noted "an old-fashioned, run-of-the-mill and unlikely espionage thriller-cum-romance, it was topical during the Second World War years, but is rather unrewarding now" ; [4] while Britmovie wrote, "there are capable performances from all involved but it’s Tom Walls, the urbane Aldwych farceur, who steals the limelight when cast against type as a charming villain." [5]


  1. ^ "They Met in the Dark (1943) - Articles -". Turner Classic Movies. 
  2. ^ "They Met in the Dark". BFI. 
  3. ^ "They Met In The Dark". TV Guide. 
  4. ^ Robin Karney. "They Met in the Dark". RadioTimes. 
  5. ^ "They Met in the Dark". 

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