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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.

Director:

Thorold Dickinson

Writers:

Thorold Dickinson (from his original story), Joyce Cary (with acknowledgements to) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Valentina Cortese ... Maria (as Valentina Cortesa)
Serge Reggiani ... Louis
Charles Goldner Charles Goldner ... Anselmo
Audrey Hepburn ... Nora
Angela Fouldes Angela Fouldes ... Nora (as a child)
Megs Jenkins ... Penny
Irene Worth ... Miss Jackson
Reginald Tate Reginald Tate ... Inspector Eliot
Norman Williams Norman Williams ... Sergeant Newcome
Michael Shepley ... Manager of the British Pavilion
Athene Seyler ... Mrs. Reginald Kellick
Sydney Tafler Sydney Tafler ... Syd Burnett
Geoffrey Hibbert Geoffrey Hibbert ... Steenie
John Ruddock John Ruddock ... Daly
Michael Allan 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!

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Verblendeten See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ealing Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System) (Gaumont Kalee Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Two of the themes included in the musical score of the film, composed by Roberto Gerhard, are the traditional Catalan Christmas carols "La Mare de Déu" and "El cant dels ocells", the last one had being popularized much before by the great violoncellist _Pau Casals_. The reason is that Roberto Gerhard, born in Valls, province of Tarragona (Catalonia), was friend since his childhood of _Pau Casals_, born in El Vendrell, province of Tarragona and a great connoisseur of Catalan popular music. The tune of "La Mare de Déu" was also used by the well known Catalan musician _Xavier Cugat_, born in Girona (Catalonia), into his song "My shawl". See more »

Crazy Credits

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 »

Soundtracks

Valse brillante As-dur Op.34-1
Written by Frédéric Chopin
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Worth A look If You Can Find It
1 February 2008 | by kenmyersprojectSee all my reviews

It was said that the director Thorold Dickenson and his colleagues viewed Hitchcock's "Sabotage" before starting this film, and I'm not really sure if they learned anything. I do agree with both of the first reviewers for this in that it did have some promise, but it fell short. Perhaps because of the long delay before actual production of the project got under way when Ealing Studios saw it as an unusual product worth tackling.

Valentina Cortesa did a marvelous job as a foreign refugee living in London who gets caught up in the intrigue unwillingly.This film was one of the only ones that I hadn't seen of Audrey Hepburn's earlier works. Although she only appears in it off and on she is given a broader speaking role than her previous earlier film 'walk-on' parts. She was quite able to act with the best of what this British Film Company had to offer, in a role a bit too understated for me. In fact, the whole film was a little too 'understated', dealing with a bomb plot planned by nationals of a foreign tyranny in 1930's London.

I would watch this again, as it is now part of my library of hard to find films. I gave it an eight out of ten stars for Cortesa's performance and the early glimpse of Hepburn beyond a one minute spot.One does walk away from this film wishing it was better given it's premise, which is still very much a topic of today as it was then.If you can find a copy I would recommend it.


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