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Confidential Agent (1945)

Passed | | Drama, Thriller | 10 November 1945 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »


Herman Shumlin


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


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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


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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Release Date:

10 November 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agente confidencial See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is famously the movie where Howard Hawks said Lauren Bacall let her voice get high again, and as a result no one liked her in it. Curiously enough there is no sign of this in the actual movie. See more »


Early in the film when Luis meets Licata on the ferry at the bottom of the steps to the first class section, there is a chain and sign across the entrance to the steps. However, Licata walks away from Luis after they talk without undoing the chain or stepping over it - as if the chain wasn't there. See more »


Rose Cullen: Don't be melodramatic. I can't stand melodrama!
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Featured in Hollywood contra Franco (2008) See more »


Remember Me?
Music by Harry Warren
Played when Rose and Luis pull up to the road house
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Murky but atmospheric...Boyer and Bacall not quite credible...
24 May 2005 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Hollywood always has trouble translating the works of writers like Graham Greene and Ernest Hemingway to the screen. Something always gets lost in the transition--and in this case, that's not good because the plot is murky enough without losing some of the novel's detailed explanation of what's really going on.

LAUREN BACALL, poised and mature beyond her years as she was in all of her early Hollywood roles, is a bit miscast here as a British girl and seems to know it. Her performance is less credible than most of her chores opposite Bogart. On the other hand, CHARLES BOYER is impressive as a man on a mission who is eventually betrayed. As in all such spy thrillers, this one has a plot line that is better left undisclosed, but suffice it to say that there is plenty to ponder as you watch the story unfold, and some interesting work by a large supporting cast. Set at the time of the Spanish Civil War, it has plenty of plot to follow.

Wanda Hendrix has a nice bit as a Cockney lass and Katina Paxinou delivers the goods in a malicious role. Too bad the chemistry between Boyer and Bacall is not quite on par with the kind she had with Bogart because their romance never seems quite credible. Neverthelss, she does not deserve the panning her performance received when the film was first released on the heels of two successful films with Bogart.

A bit dull in the stretches, but atmospheric and worth watching as an interesting example of Warner Bros. noir, the sort of cloak and dagger atmosphere needed to give the story some punch.

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