Secret Agent (1936 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Alfred Hitchcock|
|Produced by||Michael Balcon
|Screenplay by||Charles Bennett
|Story by||W. Somerset Maugham|
|Editing by||Charles Frend|
|Release date(s)||May 1936 (U.K.)
June 15, 1936 (U.S.)
|Running time||86 minutes|
Secret Agent (1936) is a British film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, loosely based on two stories in Ashenden: Or the British Agent by W. Somerset Maugham. The film starred John Gielgud, Peter Lorre, Madeleine Carroll, and Robert Young. Future star Michael Redgrave made a brief, uncredited appearance; he would play the male lead in Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes two years later. This was also Michael Rennie's film debut (uncredited).
Gielgud plays a British officer, a famous writer whose death is faked during World War I, and who is sent by the mysterious "R", head of British intelligence, to Switzerland on a secret mission. Carroll plays a female agent who poses as his wife. Lorre appears as a British agent working with them, a killer known variously as "the Hairless Mexican" and "the General".
- John Gielgud - Richard Ashenden
- Peter Lorre - The General
- Madeleine Carroll - Elsa Carrington
- Robert Young - Robert Marvin
- Percy Marmont - Caypor
- Florence Kahn - Mrs. Caypor
- Charles Carson - 'R'
- Lilli Palmer - Lilli
The film was voted the fifth best British movie of 1936.
- Secret Agent at the Internet Movie Database
- Secret Agent is available for free download at the Internet Archive [more]
- Elisabeth Weis, 1982, The Silent Scream — Alfred Hitchcock's Sound Track (1982), "Expressionism at its Height: Secret Agent" — a discussion of Hitchcoock's use of sound in the film.
- Movie Diva, 2001 review
- Secret Agent Eyegate Gallery
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