Loosely based on a pair of W. Somerset Maugham stories, Alfred Hitchcock's realistic, darkly funny thriller is one of cinema's first forays into the world of espionage. During World War I, a famed British novelist's (John Gielgud) death is faked so he can work as a secret agent on a dangerous mission to track down and eliminate an enemy spy. Madeleine Carroll, Peter Lorre, Robert Young also star. 83 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.