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Confidential Agent (1945)

Passed | | Drama, Thriller | 10 November 1945 (USA)
In 1937, agents from the opposing sides of the Spanish Civil War travel to the neutral UK to secure coal contracts and to undermine each other's efforts.


Herman Shumlin


Graham Greene (novel), Robert Buckner (screen play)


Complete credited cast:
Charles Boyer ... Luis Denard
Lauren Bacall ... Rose Cullen
Katina Paxinou ... Mrs. Melandez
Peter Lorre ... Contreras
Victor Francen ... Licata
George Coulouris ... Captain Currie
Wanda Hendrix ... Else
John Warburton ... Neil Forbes
Holmes Herbert ... Lord Benditch
Dan Seymour ... Mr. Muckerji
George Zucco ... Detective Geddes
Art Foster Art Foster ... Chauffeur
Miles Mander ... Mr. Brigstock
Lawrence Grant ... Lord Fetting
Ian Wolfe ... Dr. Bellows
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During the Spanish Civil War, a republican courier travels to England to try and buy coal. He meets with an amount of local hostility, while his life is at risk from those on the fascist side. Support comes from an unlikely if attractive quarter. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Final film of Lawrence Grant. See more »


In a scene late in the film, where Lauren Bacall and Charles Boyer are driving in the car, one angle shows a two-tone steering wheel (amber on top, ivory on the bottom/grip side); but in the next shot, a closeup on the steering wheel, the entire steering wheel is ivory. See more »


Rose Cullen: Don't be melodramatic. I can't stand melodrama!
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Too Marvelous for Words
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Played on the piano at the road house
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Wonderful and Could Have Been Even Better
2 May 2006 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

It could have been better had it been directed by someone with more experience. Shumlin didn't do a bad job but it is not a great work of cinematic art.

It is, however, a beautiful movie. I have loved it since local channels used to show it. Graham Greene is one of my favorite writers of the last century. Some pretty bad movies were made from his novels and stories. (Many love "The Fallen Idol" but I am not among them. I think I saw "Brighton Rock" once many years ago and liked it but maybe I'm simply thinking fondly of the novel.) This is superbly cast. Charles Boyer does not, it's true, come across as Spanish. But he seems to have the perfect temperament for this character -- tired, wary, caring. Lauren Bacall is appealing as the British girl who falls for him. But the supporting players are the best: Katina Paxinou is excellent. Her performance is a little Grand Guignol, but I attribute that to the director. Peter Lorre, whom we first meet as he gives Boyer a lesson in an Esperanto-like universal language, is excellent -- as always.

And Wanda Hendrix could break the hardest heart. She comes across as a precocious early teenager. The character wants to be helpful. She does her best.

I recommend this movie highly. Not without reservations. The reservation is, primarily, that it is a little stolid. But the story and acting can scarcely be bettered.

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Release Date:

10 November 1945 (USA) See more »

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Confidential Agent See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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