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Confidential Agent

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In pre-World War II London, Spanish agent Denard struggles to close a high-level business deal that will strike a blow against fascists in his native country. But industrialists not yet alert to the threat of fascism reject him. A teenage ally caught up in his efforts is murdered. And the mission itself seems a failure. Yet neither the story nor Denard will stop there. Charles Boyer plays Denard and Lauren Bacall is a jaded industrial heiress who assists him in this intricate spy drama. For her second screen appearance, Bacall took a critical thumping, yet her presence smolders. The film itself still satisfies, thanks in no small measure to James Wong Howe's atmospheric cinematography and the story craft of source novelist Graham Greene.

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  • Actors: Charles Boyer, Lauren Bacall
  • Directors: Herman Shumlin
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: WB
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2011
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004RADJY8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,916 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dr. James Gardner VINE VOICE on July 12, 2012
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"Confidential Agent" is a 1945 black and white spy thriller based on the 1939 Graham Greene novel of the same day. In 1937, during the Spanish Civil War, a former concert musician with Republican (i.e., anti-Fascist) sympathies journeys to London to buy Coal in order to keep it out of the hands of the Fascists, but at every turn he faces enemies, betrayal, arrest, and murder.

Charles Boyer plays the musician and Lauren Bacall is the daughter of a Coal producer who befriends Boyer. Peter Lorre and Katrina Paxinou play Republican contacts who may be more interested in their own welfare than the revolution, and along for the ride are Victor Francen, Wanda Hendrix, John Warburton, and George Zucco.

Charles Boyer (1899-1978) was everyone's favorite Frenchman. He was nominated for an Oscar 4 times, beginning in 1937 ("Conquest") and ending in 1961 ("Fanny"). His most famous film is "Gaslight" (1944) although I think he did his best work in "Algiers" (1938).

Lauren Bacall (1924) made her sizzling film debut in "To Have and Have Not" (1944) and went on to co-star with Bogart in "The Big Sleep" (1946) and "Dark Passage" (1947). She was nominated for an Oscar and a BAFTA for "The Mirror has Two Faces" (1996) and won the Golden Globe and SAG for that film. She had 3 Emmy nominations. I think she did her best acting in "The Shootist" (1976) for which she received a BAFTA nomination.

Peter Lorre (1904-64) Lorre gained prominence as the child molester in Fritz Lang's "M" (1931) and went on to fame as "Mr. Moto" in a series of 8 detective films between 1937 and 1939, although today he is probably best known for his 9 films with Sydney Greenstreet, including "The Maltese Falcon" (1941) and "Casablanca" (1942).
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Warner Bros. Pictures presents "CONFIDENTIAL AGENT" (1945) (122 min/B&W) -- Starring Charles Boyer, Lauren Bacall, Victor Francen, Wanda Hendrix, George Coulouris, Katina Paxinou & Peter Lorre

Directed by Herman Shumlin

Charles Boyer stars as Luis Denard, a former concert musician operating as anti-Fascist secret agent in the Spanish Civil War. While negotiating with the neutral British for some much needed fuel supplies, Denard falls in love with gorgeous Rose Cullen (Lauren Bacall). Sympathetic to his cause, Rose helps Denard contend with the conniving backstabbing villains Contreras (Peter Lorre) and Mrs. Melandy (Katina Paxinou).

Critics in 1945 liked Confidential Agent but trounced leading lady Lauren Bacall, suggesting that she was merely a pretty amateur who'd coasted to stardom via her associations with actor Humphrey Bogart and director Howard Hawks.

Very melodic score by the great Franz Waxman

A Graham Greene novel was the source of the Warner Bros. espionage thriller.

BIOS:
1. Herman Shumlin (Director)
Date of Birth: 8 Decembe 1898 - Atwood, Colorado
Date of Death: 4 June 1979 - New York City, New York

2. Charles Boyer
Date of Birth: 28 August 1899 - Figeac, Lot, Midi-Pyrénées, France
Date of Death: 26 August 1978 - Phoenix, Arizona

3. Lauren Bacall [aka: Betty Joan Perske]
Date of Birth: 16 September 1924 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: Still Living

4. Victor Francen
Date of Birth: 5 August 1888 - Tirlemont, Belgium
Date of Death: 18 November 1977 - Aix-en-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Coughlin on January 27, 2012
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The movie was fun for me to watch as I'm a big Bacall fan and I'd never seen it. I give it 4 stars to applaud Warner Brothers for continuing to release classic movies on DVD. The movie itself is OK, not great. Bacall is good, but was miscast as an alcoholic socialite. Boyer is unconvincing as a Spaniard as he is about as French as it gets. The goofiest part about this movie is Boyer's character asking poor English coal miners to turn down a job to support the Spanish loyalist cause. Not something an English working man in the early 1940's would care about and it comes off poorly.
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By Donald Roland on February 27, 2014
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I will admit that I got this film not for the stars but for the smaller role played by the British actor John Warburton, who plays Bacall's fiancé in the film. Not that I am dissing Charles Boyer, who I like, or Lauren Bacall, who I think is the greatest not physically beautiful actress ever. Warburton doesn't show up until about 70 minutes into the film, but there are a few things that he does do in the film to speed it along, which is a relief in this film as it was considered over long even by the studio's standards. I'd also like the reference the Greek actress Katina Paxinou as the villainous mother/landlord, so much is poured into this character that you can't help but love that last scene with Boyer! Bacall is remarkably natural in only her second film role, no camera shyness here, she was already a trooper. Her role as a wealthy female drunkard, (generally seen as the MALE role) is excellently captured. It has everything done in that coy Warner Brother's way, not quite the lux of MGM but tasteful.
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