I caught an old spy flick on TCM recently - Contraband (1940) – that featured Conrad Veidt as the captain of a Danish freighter whose ship is detained by the British for a routine inspection (it is the early months of the war – the so-called “Phony War” period) . Veidt is a good guy who accidentally gets pulled into an operation pitting Nazi agents against British intelligence (the latter including the beauteous Valerie Hobson), and the dialogue is witty, the scenes well-crafted, and the plotting brisk.
There is one scene in particular that I found highly amusing (unfortunately, I have not been able to find a video clip of it on YouTube). The incident takes place in London. The chief Nazi villain, played by Canadian-born actor Raymond Lovell, is armed with a pistol and is chasing Veidt around a warehouse storeroom filled with plaster busts of Neville Chamberlain. Given the setting of the movie and the time the action is taking place, I don’t know whether there was anything intended in the way of symbolism or satire, but it sure struck me as funny.
Anyhow, it’s a fun movie very much worth seeing.