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(1936)

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Sir John Gielgud filmed this during the day while appearing on-stage in "Romeo and Juliet" opposite Edith Evans, Peggy Ashcroft, and Sir Laurence Olivier in the evening.
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Sir Alfred Hitchcock convinced Sir John Gielgud to play the lead by describing the hero as a modern-day Hamlet. Gielgud, however, ended up hating that his character was an enigma, and felt that Hitchcock made the villain more charming than the hero.
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Based on W. Somerset Maugham's "Ashenden" spy stories ("The Traitor" and "The Hairless Mexican") and a play by Campbell Dixon.
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This movie takes place in 1916.
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Sir Alfred Hitchcock reflected (regarding Sir John Gielgud's lack of heroics): "You can't root for a hero who doesn't want to be one."
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS or DVD copy of this movie. Therefore, many of the versions of this movie available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the movie.
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In 1937, Composer and Organist Louis Vierne was found dead at the organ of Notre-Dame de Paris, with one foot on a pedal note, the same fate which befalls the organist in this movie.
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