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Secret Agent (1936)
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  • Actors: John Gielgud, Madeleine Carroll, Robert Young, Peter Lorre, Percy Marmont
  • Director: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Writers: Alma Reville, Campbell Dixon, Charles Bennett, Ian Hay, Jesse Lasky Jr. Ivor Montagu
  • Producer: Michael Balcon
  • Photography: Bernard Knowles
  • Editor: Charles Frend
  • Music: Louis Levy
  • Art Direction: Otto Wrendorff, Albert Jullion

  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English HOH
  • Region: Region 2 (UK & Europe)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: ITV Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 7 July 2003
  • Run Time: 86 minutes



Secret Agent dallies much on the way but rates as good spy entertainment, suave story telling, and, in one particular case, brilliant characterization. This is the role of the Mexican hired killer as played by Peter Lorre. Director Alfred Hitchcock has done well at lending the tale's grim theme [from the play by Campbell Dixon, based on the novel Ashenden by W. Somerset Maugham] with deftly fashioned humour, appropriate romantic interplay and some swell outdoor photography.

More critical element will find the part of Madeleine Carroll somewhat straining credulity. The film has her philandering at the game of espionage and out of sheer ineptitude pulling one of the major coups of the service. Likewise unconvincing is the overly sensitive conduct in which her co-spy (John Gielgud) indulges once he is bitten by love.

Production maintains an easy-going pace almost throughout, with most of the action cast against the background of the Swiss Alps. Gielgud is assigned to Switzerland to prevent a German spy from getting back into pro-German territory. To do the actual killing, Lorre, a Mexican with a juvenile sense of fun but a boundless enthusiasm for playing the knife upon humans, is sent along. Arriving on the scene, Gielgud finds that Carroll had been matched with him for the job, with the pair to pose as man and wife.


Even a hardened spy might feel pangs of guilt, or so suggests this loose adaptation of two ‘Ashenden’ stories by Somerset Maugham. The cost of deadly patriotic subterfuge is made clear in the tensions arising between three agents (Gielgud, Carroll and Lorre) sent to identify and kill an enemy operative in the Swiss Alps – a (studio-concocted) milieu ideal for a series of imaginative set-pieces. A film where nothing is as it appears, and where hearing counts for as much as seeing..


Subtitle Tracks: English HOH


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