Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. United Kingdom, 1936. Gaumont British Picture Corporation. Screenplay by Charles Bennett, dialogue by Ian Hay, continuity by Alma Reville, additional dialogue by Jesse Lasky Jr., based on the play by Campbell Dixon, from the novel Ashenden by W. Somerset Maugham. Cinematography by Bernard Knowles. Produced by Michael Balcon. Music by John Greenwood. Production Design by Oscar Friedrich Werndorff. Costume Design by Joe Strassner. Film Editing by Charles Frend.
Weirdly uneven Hitchcock mystery about a British soldier (John Gielgud) given a false death record against his own will and recruited into the government’s secret service operation. Based on a story by Somerset Maugham, the film soon finds Gielgud being introduced to his new partner (Madeleine Carroll), who is posing as his wife, until the two actually fall in love and decide to leave the thrilling adventure job for something more ordinary. You won’t have too difficult a time in figuring out who the real bad guy is, but you’ll love when the film climaxes in a thrilling chase through a chocolate factory.