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Secret Agent (1936)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Mystery  -  15 June 1936 (USA)
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After three British agents are assigned to assassinate a mysterious German spy during World War I, two of them become ambivalent when their duty to the mission conflicts with their consciences.

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During the first world war, novelist Edgar Brodie is sent to Switzerland by the Intelligence Service. He has to kill a German agent. During the mission he meets a fake general first and then Elsa Carrington who helps him in his duty. Written by Claudio Sandrini <pulp99@geocities.com>

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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Though the film is set in 1916, fashion, hairstyles and set decoration are contemporary of 1936. See more »

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The General: [every time he introduces himself] General Pompellio Montezuma De La Vilia De Conde De La Rue.
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Spies story with suspense and romance by the master of thriller
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This espionage film concerns about Ashenden(John Gielgud),a secret agent is sent Switzerland to kill an unknown enemy spy.There he deals with various personages,as a quirky Mejican general(Peter Lorre),a smart gentleman(Robert Young) and a gorgeous woman(Madeleine Carrol) who pose as his wife, causing the classic loving triangle(Gielgud,Carrol,Young).The movie is based on Somerset Maughan's book titled: Ashenden.

The picture blends action,love story,comedy,adventures,thriller,suspense and is quite entertained . Hitchcock said which as the film is developed in Switzerland,it's plenty of typical elements as : folkloric dances,the Alpes,lagoons and a chocolate factory .Besides contains the usual Hitch's touches as the elegant,intelligent baddie(repeating in posterior films as James Mason in ¨North by Northwest¨),the enticing blonde(as later Grace Kelly,Kim Novak),the filming into the train(a vehicle very agreeable for the director).It's an uneven movie and Hitch wasn't proud but had excessive irony as he said in the famous interview with Francois Truffaut. Rating : Good,well worth watching.The motion picture will like to Hitchcock fans.Essential and indispensable seeing for Hitch lovers.


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