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Release Date:
15 June 1936 (USA) See more »
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After three British agents are assigned to assassinate a mysterious German spy during World War I, two of them become ambivalent when their duty to the mission conflicts with their consciences. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Madeleine Carroll ... Elsa Carrington

Peter Lorre ... The General

John Gielgud ... Richard Ashenden/Brodie

Robert Young ... Robert Marvin

Percy Marmont ... Caypor
Florence Kahn ... Mrs. Caypor

Charles Carson ... 'R'

Lilli Palmer ... Lilli
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Denys Blakelock ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Tom Helmore ... Col. Anderson (uncredited)
Andreas Malandrinos ... Manager (uncredited)

Howard Marion-Crawford ... Karl - Lilli's Fiancé (uncredited)
René Ray ... Maid (uncredited)

Michael Rennie ... Army Captain (uncredited)
Michel Saint-Denis ... Coachman (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
Writing credits
Campbell Dixon (play)

W. Somerset Maugham (novel "Ashenden")

Charles Bennett (screenplay)

Ian Hay (dialogue)

Alma Reville (continuity)

Jesse Lasky Jr. (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Michael Balcon .... producer (uncredited)
Ivor Montagu .... associate producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
John Greenwood (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Bernard Knowles (photography)
Film Editing by
Charles Frend 
Art Direction by
Oscar Friedrich Werndorff  (as O. Werndorff)
Costume Design by
Joe Strassner (dresses) (as J. Strassner)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pen Tennyson .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Albert Jullion .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Albert Jullion .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Phillip Dorté .... sound recordist (as Phillip Dorté)
Camera and Electrical Department
Stephen Dade .... camera operator (uncredited)
Reg Johnson .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Gerry Massy-Collier .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Music Department
Louis Levy .... musical director
Other crew
Alma Reville .... continuity
Michael Rennie .... stand-in (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Laugh Track: Secret Agent" - USA (video title (redubbed comic version))
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86 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Full Range Recording System)
Argentina:Atp (DVD rating) | Argentina:13 (original rating) | Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | Finland:K-12 (1995) | Finland:(Banned) (1936) (original rating) | Finland:K-16 (1936) (re-rating) | Germany:12 | Norway:16 (1937) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video rating) | USA:Unrated

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John Gielgud filmed this during the day while appearing on stage in "Romeo and Juliet" opposite Edith Evans, Peggy Ashcroft and Laurence Olivier in the evening.See more »
Continuity: Dates given in the story are out of sequence. After starting "May 10, 1916" (title), a telegram received later appears to be dated "3/4/16". A newspaper near the end of the film is dated "Tuesday, September 21, 1916," when that date actually occurred on a Thursday. Afterwards a postcard bears the date of "April 2."See more »
The General:General Pompellio Montezuma De- oh, we've already met.See more »
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Referenced in Breach (2007)See more »
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