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Secret Agent

original film poster
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Produced by Michael Balcon
Ivor Montagu
Written by W. Somerset Maugham (novel)
Alma Reville (screenplay)
Starring John Gielgud
Peter Lorre
Madeleine Carroll
Robert Young
Lilli Palmer
Cinematography Bernard Knowles
Editing by Charles Frend
Release date(s) May 1936 (U.K.)
June 15, 1936 (U.S.)
Running time 86 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Secret Agent is a 1936 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.


Gielgud plays a British officer, a once famous writer whose death is faked during World War I, and is sent by the mysterious "R", head of British intelligence, to Switzerland on a secret mission. Meanwhile, Carroll plays a female agent who poses as his wife. Together, they meet their contact in the country, Lorre.

Typical Hitchcockian themes used here include mistaken identity and murder.


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