Passed | | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Professor Horatio Smith, while seeming very unassuming, rescues victims of Nazi persecution during World War II.
The film opens in Spring 1939; the British Embassy reception takes place on Thursday 16th August (which was actually a Wednesday that year), and in the closing scenes Germany is about to invade Poland, which occurred on 1 September 1939.
I think I shall be got safely away. I wouldn't be the first.
Sidimir Koslowski: Then you'll go on with your work somewhere else, out of the reach of the Nazis.
Dr. Benckendorf: Of course.
Sidimir Koslowski: You always refused to work for them, haven't you?
Dr. Benckendorf: I would sooner die. My business is to cure, not...
At the reception in the English embassy, Professor Smith misquotes Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky. He mispronounces "borogoves" in the third line of the poem as "borogroves".
Opening credits: The tale we are about to unfold to you is a fantasy. None of its characters are living persons. But it is based on the exploits of a number of courageous men who were and are still risking their lives daily to aid those unfortunate people of many nationalities who are being persecuted and exterminated by the Nazis. To these champions of freedom this story is dedicated.
This film was cut and retitled 'Mister V' for its first American release in the early 1940s. Some versions censor the response from Hugh McDermott's character "I'd do my damndest..." in response to a question posed by Leslie Howard's character at a table in a café.