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Secret People (1952)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  29 August 1952 (USA)
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This tale of intrigue finds Valentina Cortese involved in an assassination plot. She helps the police apprehend the conspirators after an innocent bystander is accidentally killed.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Maria Brentano / Brent / Lena Collins
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Louis Balan
Charles Goldner ...
Anselmo
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Nora Brentano
Angela Fouldes ...
Nora Brentano as a child
Megs Jenkins ...
Penny
Irene Worth ...
Miss Jackson
Reginald Tate ...
Inspector Eliot
Norman Williams ...
Police Sgt. Newcombe
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Athene Seyler ...
Mrs. Reginald Kellick
Sydney Tafler ...
Syd Burnett
Geoffrey Hibbert ...
Steenie
John Ruddock ...
Daly
Michael Allan ...
Rodd
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In 1930, Maria Brentano and her younger sister Nora flee to London after their father is murdered by a European dictator. Seven years later, during a weekend trip to Paris, Maria unexpectedly meets Louis, her former lover who is now plotting the assassination of the dictator. Maria and Nora become involved in the plan, which goes tragically wrong when the time bomb they plant kills an innocent bystander. Written by alfiehitchie

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starvation | ealing

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LOOK OUT FOR THIS MAN! HE LIVES! AND LOVES! AND MURDERS!

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Crime | Drama

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29 August 1952 (USA)  »

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Die Verblendeten  »

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While most sources (including this website) list the official release date of this film as 1952, the copyright notice on the title card of the actual film reads "1951". See more »

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Opening credits: "Hidden in each one of us is a secret person, often unknown even to ourselves. The force of circumstances can drive us to a point at which this inner character takes charge and alters the course of our lives." See more »

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okay pre-war time London espionage piece
12 August 2009 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

Another Ealing Studios/Rank production from 1952... opens with a title card describing an "inner person" within each of us...foreshadowing of some sort. We are told that it takes place in 1930 London, just prior to England and WW II. A man reads a letter from an old friend, warning of troubles to come, and asking him to look after his children... Really, the only big name (that I recognize) is Audrey Hepburn, as "Nora", one of the daughters. The next two films she would make were Roman Holiday and Sabrina, and her voice sounds more like a little girl in this one, as she was still only about 21. Co-star Serge Reggiani, who apparently was a famous artist, singer, actor, poet, even boxer in Europe, plays "Louis". We follow along as Nora and her sister "Maria" (Valentina Cortese) make good and bad decisions. Lots of underground war-time spying and espionage.... the photography and sound are quite good for the 1950s. The film has a good script, but lacks a spark and some big names. A good entertaining film, if no real "electricity. Written and directed by Thorold Dickinson, this would be one of the last films he made. This film is not at all connected to the "Secret People" documentary made in 1998.


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