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Secret People (1952)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 29 August 1952 (USA)
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:
Maria (as Valentina Cortesa)
Charles Goldner ...
Angela Fouldes ...
Nora (as a child)
Megs Jenkins ...
Irene Worth ...
Miss Jackson
Reginald Tate ...
Inspector Eliot
Norman Williams ...
Sergeant Newcome
Athene Seyler ...
Mrs. Reginald Kellick
Sydney Tafler ...
Syd Burnett
Geoffrey Hibbert ...
John Ruddock ...
Michael Allan ...


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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Release Date:

29 August 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Verblendeten  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System) (Gaumont Kalee Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film begins in 1930 with a key character reading a letter. The letter contains a line: "a poet has written, 'We must love one another or die.' This line is from a poem by W.H. Auden entitled "September 1, 1939." 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 »


Valse brillante As-dur Op.34-1
Written by Frédéric Chopin
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Worth seeing for a young Audrey Hepburn
19 April 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

To answer an earlier user comment, the reason Audrey Hepburn did not continue with classical ballet was because of a serious injury to one of her ankles - always a risk for dancers.Nevertheless Audrey dancing in her tutu was a highlight of this 1952 Ealing film.

"London Live" commercial channel in the UK have just begun showing a season of classic Ealing films, so you could see Ealing did not just produce film comedies.I am grateful to my wife for pointing me in the right direction so I could see this film, which is not advertised for sale on rare DVD movie sites to my knowledge.The cognoscenti of classic British films from this era will also spot Megs Jenkins, Sam Kydd and Sidney Tafler in other small parts.The above user comments sufficiently describe the plot so I will not dwell further on it.

Suffice it to say the theme of terrorism is still very much relevant today with 7/7/2005 much remembered in the UK.My wife and I enjoyed it to the end and I awarded it 7/10.A good evening's viewing with the "Poldark" remake on BBC to follow!

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