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1936, Park Circus, 76 min, UK, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

In this adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent (released in America as THE WOMAN ALONE), Scotland Yard investigator John Loder circles around movie theater owner Oskar Homolka and his wife, Sylvia Sidney, while trying to break up a terrorist network. Watch as the famous Hitchcock quote, about how a ticking bomb can distinguish between suspense and surprise, plays out on the streets of London.

1932, Paramount, 83 min, USA, Dir: Rouben Mamoulian

Gary Cooper (young and stunningly handsome) plays a carny sharpshooter who goes crooked in order to free his love (Sylvia Sidney) from prison. The only story Dashiell Hammett wrote specifically for the screen, it is brilliantly realized by director Rouben Mamoulian and legendary cameraman Lee Garmes. Screenplay by Oliver H. P. Garrett, adapted by Max Marcin, from Hammett's original story. NOT ON DVD.

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