Contraband

Contraband

Conrad Veidt
Director: Michael Powell Cast: Conrad Veidt
Conrad Veidt
, Valerie Hobson
Valerie Hobson
, Hay Petrie
Hay Petrie
Michael Powell

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Overview

The Danish freighter Helvig approaches English waters in early 1940 and, in keeping with the needs of British security, it is boarded by customs and naval officials in search of contraband cargo. Her skipper, Captain Anderson (Conrad Veidt), is compelled to ascede to British demands, but dreads the delay, pointing out that the medical supplies in his cargo are vital. Anderssen is a dedicated seaman, all business, even where Mrs. Sorenson (Valerie Hobson), a headstrong passenger, is concerned. Then, on their first night in port, Mrs. Sorenson and a Mr. Pidgeon (Esmond Knight) disappear from the ship with Anderson's landing papers, the captain is in hot pursuit. Forced to join the woman in what seems a mad chase across London by night, he plunges into an Alice-in-Wonderland world of the blacked out city, following a set of clues through the maze of darkened streets and uncover a Nazi spy ring operating out of a basement in Soho. Each also discovers that there's a lot to admire and even possibly to love in the other -- the challenge is for Hobson, who is something other than the divorcee and mother she pretends to be, to stay alive long enough for Captain Anderson to effect a rescue and prevent the German spies from turning the British counter-intelligence effort against the Allies.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/24/2001
UPC: 0738329021122
Original Release: 1940
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Lorber
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:28:00
Sales rank: 25,991

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Conrad Veidt Capt. Anderson
Valerie Hobson Mrs. Sorenson
Hay Petrie Axel Skold/Erik Skold
Joss Ambler Lieutenant Commander Ashton RNR
Raymond Lovell Van Dyne
Esmond Knight Mr. Pidgeon
Charles Victor Hendrick
Dennis Arundell Lieman
Harold Warrender Lieutenant Commander Ellis RN
John H. Roberts Hanson
Eric Berry Mr. Abo
Olga Edwardes Mrs. Abo
Julien Vedey Waiter
John Longden Passport Officer
Eric Maturin Passport Officer
Paddy Browne Singer
Leo Genn 1st Brother Grimm
Stuart Latham 2nd Brother Grimm
Peter Bull 3rd Brother Grimm
Eric Hales Second Karoly
Manning Whiley Manager of "Mousetrap"
Mark Daly Taxi driver
Deborah Kerr Bit Part (uncredited)
Bernard Miles Man lighting pipe
Torin Thatcher Sailor

Technical Credits
Michael Powell Director,Screenwriter
Richard Addinsell Score Composer
John Corfield Producer
Emeric Pressburger Screenwriter
Roland Gillett Associate Producer
John Greenwood Score Composer
Alfred Junge Art Director
Anthony Nelson Keys Production Manager
Muir Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
John Seabourne Editor
C.C. Stevens Sound/Sound Designer
A.W. Watkins Sound/Sound Designer
Brock Williams Screenwriter
Freddie Young Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [1:18]
2. Obey the Captain's Orders! [6:43]
3. The Helvig Is Detained [9:43]
4. Sneaking Ashore [5:30]
5. Pursuit to London [7:05]
6. Blackout [3:24]
7. The Three Vikings [8:32]
8. Aunt Kate's Not Home [3:54]
9. A Revealing Interrogation [9:46]
10. Tied Up [5:46]
11. The Adventures of Anderson [6:53]
12. Finding the Banjo [9:44]
13. Busted [4:50]
14. Drop That Life Jacket! [4:32]

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