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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 ... 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!

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Verblendeten See more »

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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

While most sources (including this website) list the official release date of this film as 1952, the copyright notice on the title card of the actual film reads "1951". See more »

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Opening credits prologue: LONDON 1930 See more »

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Featured in Audrey Hepburn Remembered (1993) See more »

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Valse brillante As-dur Op.34-1
Written by Frédéric Chopin
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An intelligent study of anarchist beliefs
23 April 2005 | by kinekromSee all my reviews

There were such hopes invested in this film, Lindsay Anderson wrote a book about its production, but it has never really recovered from its commercial and seemingly artistic failure. In truth, for a film that aspires to be an intelligent study of anarchists beliefs, it suffers from a timidity that some may find all too typical of the British films of its period, and from punches pulled in a manner that rather typifies the work of that almost brilliant director, Thorold Dickinson. But it is an intelligent study for all that, gripping and persuasive until one too many plot convolutions spoils it. I have never failed to be moved when seeing it, nor to be frustrated that it wasn't just a little bit better. The story revolves around European refugees in London who get caught up in the activities of anarchists. Valentina Cortese gives a haunting performance as the conscience-stricken refugee caught up in an assassination plot, and a young Audrey Hepburn is her ballet-dancing innocent sister whose life she must save.


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