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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:
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Maria (as Valentina Cortesa)
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Louis
Charles Goldner ...
Anselmo
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Nora
Angela Fouldes ...
Nora (as a child)
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Penny
Irene Worth ...
Miss Jackson
Reginald Tate ...
Inspector Eliot
Norman Williams ...
Sergeant Newcome
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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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Storyline

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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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)  »

Also Known As:

Die Verblendeten  »

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(RCA Sound System) (Gaumont Kalee Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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Valse brillante As-dur Op.34-1
Written by Frédéric Chopin
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A brilliant study of ideology leading subtly into terrorism
17 December 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a seriously under-rated work of classical British film art on a compelling subject and is as relevant to London life today as it ever was. Considering this film was released in 1952 it explores so perceptively the path from praiseworthy ideology, through working for a noble cause, into terrifying involvement in an act of pure terrorism. Right through you are steadily but inexorably drawn with a lure of truth and justice, into a slowly evolving web of intrigue, conspiracy and ultimately murder, and it leaves you wondering at which point do you actually stray from idealism and decency into cold depravity? Given the '50s context, centred on an urban minority family, the actual plot is still frighteningly relevant and this film is surely just waiting for a re-make to bring it chillingly up to date. Until then, if you can find a copy of this film, watch it - its a vital and absorbing education, in the grand old style, on the strong subject of ideology.


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