Night Boat to Dublin (1946)
I really enjoyed this spy thriller starring Robert Newton as a sort of early James Bond, but without the hullabaloo and razzmatazz, which makes for what you would expect a spies' life to be like in reality.
Fairly common story (then) of a scientist who is developing a nuclear device and has been hijacked by arch international villains. They say he is dead, but the Secret Service think they are holding him somewhere and so the search is on.
Parts also for Guy Middleton (Army Intelligence), Herbert Lom (briefly, for the baddies of course!), Valentine Dyall (briefly as the British spy master), Leslie Dwyer (Mr Partridge Hi De Hi as a doomed in-between), Marius Goring (who gets executed as a spy in the first five minutes of the film, when he won't reveal what he knows - silly man) and Wilfrid Hyde-White (very briefly as a moustachioed London cabbie). Love interest was fitted in by pretty Muriel Pavlow as an Austrian refugee with no ID living in the UK whose family were Nazis, and she had some part to play in the spy connection - I see she died only last year aged 97! And 20 years ago, in 2000 played the part of an "Old Woman" in the TV sitcom "Black Books" - I'll have to dig me box set out!
Really big fan of Robert Newton and have watched him in some superb films ("Odd Man Out" for one with another of my faves, James Mason - superb acting in a brilliant film, made a year after this one), and Newton of course set the mould forever for anyone playing Long John Silver - all impersonations of the character are in effect an impersonation of Robert Newton playing that part in the Disney classic, L.J.S. forever being known for his West country accent thanks to Newton.
"Ooh Ahh, Jim lad, be a sailin' on the mornin' toide, so we will, shiver me timbers if tha' bain't be roight, Ooh Ahh"
Well worth a watch.