The Spy in Black

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The Spy in Black (US: U-boat 29) is a 1939 British film, and the first collaboration between the British filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. They were brought together by Alexander Korda to make the World War I spy thriller novel of the same title by Joseph Storer Clouston into a film. Powell and Pressburger eventually made over 20 films during the course of their partnership.

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The Spy in Black
(U-Boat 29)
U.S. film poster
Directed byMichael Powell
Written byRoland Pertwee (scenario)
Emeric Pressburger (screenplay)
Based onThe Spy in Black
1917 novel
by J. Storer Clouston
Produced byAlexander Korda
Irving Asher
StarringConrad Veidt
Valerie Hobson
Sebastian Shaw
CinematographyBernard Browne
Edited byHugh Stewart
Music byMiklós Rózsa
Muir Mathieson
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release dates
3 August 1939 (UK)
5 October (NYC)
7 October (US general)
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Spy in Black stars Conrad Veidt, Valerie Hobson and Sebastian Shaw, with Marius Goring and Torin Thatcher as two German submarine officers. Grant Sutherland, a minister in Powell's The Edge of the World (1937), appears in this film as a Scottish air raid warden.