...A Bomb Plot ...A Killing ...Justice
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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 16 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: July 9, 2015
  • Originally Released: 1936
  • Label: Reel Vault
  • Encoding: Region [unknown]

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Product Description:

Based on Joseph Conrad's SECRET AGENT, this thriller is about a woman who suspects that her kindly husband may actually be a dangerous foreign agent. Hitchcock creates an atmosphere of claustrophobic fear while depicting a mysterious conspiracy to blow up Londoners in the places they gather. Behind the suspense premise, one can imagine Hitchcock enjoyed unfolding this story in front of his captive theater-bound audiences.

Plot Synopsis:

Alfred Hitchcock once said suspense is like a bomb: The audience knows it's about to go off, but there's nothing they can do about it. (He also said, "There's no terror in the bang--only in the anticipation of it.") In this film, the director puts that simile to good use. Shy and unhappy Sylvia Verloc (Sylvia Sidney) runs a small movie theater with her brooding husband, Karl (Oskar Homolka). Her young brother Stevie (Desmond Tester) lives with them and runs errands. Next door to the theater is a grocery where the charming and inquisitive clerk Ted Spencer (John Loder ) works. Ted gets to know and care for Mrs. Verloc, revealing that he is a Scotland Yard detective investigating Carl for his part in a criminal conspiracy and confirming the wife's nagging suspicions about her husband. As discovery and arrest approach, Carl assigns the unknowing young Stevie the errand of delivering a package containing a bomb. The torturously tense sequence that follows is among the most memorable in cinema history.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: December 1936.
  • Hitch onscreen: Hitchcock appears as a customer at a ticket counter.
  • The Brazilian government banned the film as a threat to public order.
  • Robert Donat was meant to play the detective, but Alexander Korda refused to release the actor to Hitchcock.
  • Hitchcock is said to have ordered the expensive construction of the trolley line, used for only a brief period in the film, in order to impress American production companies.

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