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zz001l| Secret Agent
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Screenplay: Alma Reville, Campbell Dixon, Charles Bennett, Ian Hay, Jesse Lasky Jr., W. Somerset Maugham
Producer: Ivor Montagu
Cast: John Gielgud, Madeleine Carroll, Robert Young, Peter Lorre, Percy Marmont
Genre: Thriller

Running Time: 86
Aspect Ratio:  (NTSC )
Features: Black and White
Studio:  Tgg Direct DVD Region:  1 Unrated
DVD Release:  Jan 2003 Discs:  1 (DVD) []
Reviews:  One of Alfred Hitchcock's finest pre-Hollywood films, the 1936 "Secret Agent" stars a young John Gielgud as a British spy whose death is faked by his intelligence superiors. Reinvented with another identity and outfitted with a wife (Madeleine Carroll), Gielgud's character is sent on assignment with a cold-blooded accomplice (Peter Lorre) to assassinate a German agent. En route, the counterfeit couple keeps company with an affable American (Robert Young), who turns out to be more than he seems after the wrong man is murdered by Gielgud and Lorre. Dense with interwoven ideas about false names and real identities, about appearances as lies and the brutality of the hidden, and about the complicity of those who watch the anarchy that others do, "Secret Agent" declared that Alfred Hitchcock was well along the road to mastery as a filmmaker and, more importantly, knew what it was he wanted to say for the rest of his career. The print of the film used in the DVD release is serviceable and probably comparable to an average 16mm classroom or museum presentation. The DVD also includes a Hitchcock filmography, trivia questions, a director biography, and scene access. "--Tom Keogh"

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