Secret Agent 1936

Secret Agent

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British intelligence fakes the death of Edgar Brodie (John Gielgud) to send him on a mission in Switzerland, where as Richard Ashendon he is to locate and kill a Germany spy. Accompanying Brodie are fellow agents Elsa Carrington (Madeleine Carroll), who is to play Brodie's wife, and an eccentric assassin known as The General (Peter Lorre). Locating the spy on a train, Brodie and Elsa have second thoughts about their mission just as an American (Robert Young) ingratiates himself with them.

Cast & Crew

John Gielgud
Edgar Brodie, Richard Ashenden
Madeleine Carroll
Elsa Carrington
Peter Lorre
The General
Robert Young
Robert Marvin
Florence Kahn
Mrs. Caypor
Michael Redgrave
Army captain (uncredited)
Bernard Knowles
Cinematographer
Charles Frend
Film Editor
Oscar Frederick Werndorff
Art Direction
Joe Strassner
Costume Designer
Albert Jullion
Art Department
Philip Dorté
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Critic Reviews for Secret Agent

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (3)

  • The film has a fine cast and a fine look -- shot in the Swiss Alps, much of it makes use of unusual white-on-white compositions.

    June 3, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Directed by England's pudgy master of melodrama, Alfred Hitchcock, Secret Agent is a first-rate sample of his knack of achieving speed by never hurrying, horror by concentrating on the prosaic.

    June 3, 2015 | Full Review…
    TIME Magazine
    Top Critic
  • One of the weirdest movies Alfred Hitchcock ever made.

    September 17, 2012
  • Secret Agent dallies much on the way but rates as good spy entertainment, suave story telling, and, in one particular case, brilliant characterization.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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  • The picture as a whole is marred by inexpert camera technique, film editing whose incorrectness hits one between the eyes, and strangely uneven sound recording.

    August 8, 2006 | Full Review…
  • This thriller may not be one of Hitchcock's best English films, but it is full of startling set pieces and quirky characterisation.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Secret Agent

  • Sep 06, 2016
    Didn't really like this one that much. Not one of Hitchcock's good ones.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 16, 2012
    I don't really know what to make of this picture. It is not one of Hitchcock's best or is it any thrilling. All I know is that it is a spy drama set in the first world war. John Gielgud plays British novelist Edgar Brodie who discovers that a government agency has faked his own death. Brodie is then given orders to go to Switzerland to kill a German agent. Brodie travels with secret agent Elsa Carrington (Madeleine Carroll), who poses as his wife. Richard joins professional killer the General (Peter Lorre) to look for clues. That is all I know...I was mostly lost in the film's plot my mind kept on wondering as key information passed by. "Secret Agent" isn't a bad film but I wish it was more intriguing just as intrigued I was when watching "Easy Virtue". Still, this is a film I would recommend. Just try not to be bored.
    Brian R Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2010
    I love Lorre, but his character wasn't that great in this movie. Plus, I didn't get the plot. Maybe I should see it again, but the movie quality is so horrible it's hard to watch.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2009
    You have to love really classic Hitchcock to enjoy this. The usual Hitchcock Twist, easy to guess as I did half way through. Its from 1936, opening Credits, had Ireland free State listed. A very Young Robert Young and Peter Lorre. What shade is Lorre??? Anyway a Spy vs Spy Thriller, film was decent quality. It came with 11 other hitchcock movies. 2 1/2 stars.
    Bruce B Super Reviewer

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