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The directorial debut of Charles Frend, this World War II propaganda piece tells the tale of Britain's blockade of Axis powers and its effects on Germany's economy and morale.

Produced by the Ealing Studios for the Ministry of Information, it was originally intended as a documentary short dramatising the work of the Ministry of Economic Warfare. However, Ealing built it up to feature length, incorporating fictionalised material alongside the documentary footage.

The strong cast of British actors includes Michael Redgrave, John Mills, Michael Rennie and Will Hay. Alfred Drayton and Robert Morley appear as somewhat improbable Nazis, in roles that, given its period and the film's brief, are inevitably caricatured. The commentary was spoken by then-editor of the Evening Standard, Frank Owen.

(1942) Cert U