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Undercover Agent (1953)
"Counterspy" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  2 October 1953 (USA)
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An auditor comes into possession of an envelope containing prints and drawings which the British government is anxious to obtain and also a great many other people, all of whom try to get them from him by any means. He escapes many of the traps set for him by the villains, but is finally captured and is tied to an operating table where the gang leader is set to do some scalpel work on him. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Not at all bad
6 June 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a nicely understated comedy-thriller about an ordinary accountant who gets mixed up with spies. Such a plot is nowadays routine, but in 1953 was a little ahead of the game. Dermot Walsh is on particularly good form as the not-too-bright pen-pusher; his little sulk when contradicted by Paulson is a lovely little cameo. Interesting early performances from Hazel Court and Bill Travers, and a rare film outing for John Penrose, famous for his portrayal as the horrible Lionel in Kind Hearts and Coronets. Of course, from this studio, on this budget, this was never going to be a work of art. But Vernon Sewell was excellent at producing interesting and entertaining results from unpromising material. This won't stick in the mind for very long, but it passes its short running time easily, and provokes a few chuckles along the way.


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