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    Secret Agent (Gaumont, 1936). One Sheet (27" X 41").
    In this, the second in director Alfred Hitchcock's "Spy" trilogy - including The 39 Steps and Sabotage - John Gielgud portrays British novelist Edgar Brodie who is surprised to learn that his death has been faked by a government agency. Under the assumed name of Richard Ashenden, he is then sent on a mission to kill a German agent stationed in Switzerland, accompanied by two intriguing companions: The General (Peter Lorre), a cold-blooded killer, and agent Elsa Carrington (Madeleine Carroll), who poses as his wife. When Ashenden and the General kill the wrong man, Elsa begins to question their mission, leading to a dramatic conclusion. Interestingly, this film marks a rare instance in which Hitchcock was pressured into substituting a lighter ending for the darker tone of the source material. Made during the height of Hitchcock's pre-war British career, Secret Agent again utilizes some of the director's favorite plot devices, including those of mistaken identity and murder. The films Hitchcock made during this period would form the foundation for much of his later work, beginning in 1939 when he signed a seven-year deal with David O. Selznick and emigrated to America. Based on the "Ashenden" stories of W. Somerset Maugham, the film inspired beautiful posters, so scarce as to be virtually non-existent. In more than fifteen years of auctions, we have offered only a small few lobby cards and only one of the one sheet format. Superb portraits of Carroll, Lorre, Gielgud, and Robert Young in vivid stone litho color fill this poster that displays exceptionally well, requiring only light touchup to the folds, pinholes in the corners, and a small diagonal tear near the "G" of "AGENT." Don't let an incredible opportunity to add this rare gem to your collection slip away! Very Fine+ on Linen.




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