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Secret Agent (1936) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and produced by Michael Balcon and Ivor Montagu.

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REQUIEM FOR A SECRET AGENT

By Dan Day, Jr. on Jan 22, 2020 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

A few weeks ago I was with my brother at a Half Price Books in Illinois. While going through the soundtracks section I came across the original score, on vinyl, for a 1966 Eurospy film called REQUIEM FOR A SECRET AGENT (original Italian title REQUIEM PER UN AGENTE SEGRETO). It was brand new and only... Read full article


Secret Agent (1943, Seymour Kneitel)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Oct 6, 2018 From The Stop Button

Secret Agent opens with this really exciting car chase. Clark (Bud Collyer) has just called in and been told to get to work on the right story, only then a car crashes through the drug store he?s in and so he hops on the back of it as it chases another car. Then the cops start chasing the car Clark?... Read full article


Secret Agent (1936)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Apr 4, 2018 From 4 Star Films

It’s so easy to quickly brush off early works of Hitchcock with admittedly bland titles like Blackmail, Murder, Secret Agent, Sabotage, etc. But if you actually dare to dust one of these films off for a viewing, you do see Hitchcock spinning his wizardry even if the edges are a bit worn, the s... Read full article


Secret Agent (1936)

By Beatrice on Aug 25, 2013 From Flickers in Time

Secret Agent? Directed by Alfred Hitchcock Written by Charles Bennett et al from the novel “Ashenden” by W. Somerset Maugham 1936/UK Gaumont British Picture Corporation Repeat viewing Peter Lorre makes this early Hitchcock film a ton of fun despite a plot that is even more implausible ... Read full article


Lightness and Darkness: The Two Sides to Hitchcock's "Secret Agent"

By Rick29 on Jan 7, 2013 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

Spoiler alert: This review reveals a key plot twist. Made between the lighthearted The Thirty-Nine Steps (1935) and the dark Sabotage (1936), Secret Agent reflects elements of both. The combination is not always a successful one, but that doesn't keep Secret Agent from securing its place as an impo... Read full article


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[repeated line]
The General: [every time he introduces himself] General Pompellio Montezuma De La Vilia De Conde De La Rue.


The General: General Pompellio Montezuma De- oh, we've already met.


Mrs. Caypor: Do you understand German, Mr. Marvin?
Robert Marvin: No, but I speak it fluently.


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Alfred Hitchcock convinced John Gielgud to play the lead by describing the hero as a modern day Hamlet. Gielgud, however, ended up hating that his character was an enigma and felt Hitchcock made the villain more charming than the hero.
Based on W. Somerset Maugham's "Ashenden" spy stories ("The Traitor" and "The Hairless Mexican") and a play by Campbell Dixon.
Alfred Hitchcock reflected (regarding John Gielgud's lack of heroics): "You can't root for a hero who doesn't want to be one."
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