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(1936)

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Based on Joseph Conrad's novel "The Secret Agent", this sports a different title as Alfred Hitchcock's previous film was called Secret Agent (1936), which was based on stories by W. Somerset Maugham.
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The first name of Verloc (played by Oskar Homolka) was changed from Adolf to Karl to avoid any Nazi connections.
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Robert Donat was originally slated to play Ted Spencer, but a prolonged illness prevented him from playing the role.
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In the Alfred Hitchcock/Fran├žois Truffaut Interview Book (page 76), Hitchcock revealed that Robert Donat was supposed to play Ted, but Alexander Korda refused to release him. When John Loder was cast as Ted, Hitchcock felt that he wasn't suitable for the role. So the director was forced to rewrite the dialogue during the shooting.
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The film "Bartholomew the Strangler" is fictitious, as is, so it seems, actor Tom McGurth (who is named on the posters outside the movie theatre).
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The detective inspector of the novel becomes an undercover green grocer, the sleazy tobacconist/magazine shop becomes a neighborhood cinema in the film, and the mystical younger brother emerges as a somewhat mentally challenged young man.
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Some erroneous modern sources identify Sara Allgood as the uncredited actress playing the bird shop customer, but she does not appear in this film. The identity of the actress in question is presently unknown.
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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.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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In "Inglourious Basterds" they say that film is three times more flamable than paper. They show a boy asking if he can bring film onto a bus and the bus driver says "You can't bring that on here it's flamable." That seen is from this movie.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In The Dick Cavett Show: Alfred Hitchcock (1972), Alfred Hitchcock revealed that he made a terrible mistake with "Boy with the Bomb" Suspense Scene. Hitchcock said that he will never let the bomb go off in a "suspense scene", because the audience gets worked up. If the bomb is going to get exploded, then Hitchcock won't shoot the scene in "suspense".
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Some critics objected to the way Alfred Hitchcock chose to end the sequence involving the delivery of the bomb on the bus. Hitchcock, stung by the criticism, said in The Dick Cavett Show: Alfred Hitchcock (1972) that he regretted his decision. Nonetheless, the treatment is faithful to Joseph Conrad's book.
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