Synopsis: Mr. Verloc is part of a gang of foreign saboteurs operating out of London. He manages a small cinema with his wife and her teenage brother as a cover, but they know nothing of his secret. Scotland Yard assign an undercover detective to work at the shop next to the cinema in order to observe the gang.
Genre: Thriller
Director(s): Alfred Hitchcock
Production: Scott Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
76 min


What's happened here?



- Sand.

- Sabotage.

- Wrecking.

- Deliberate.

- What's at the back of it?

- Who did it?

I know how the law stands.

You broke a contract,

therefore you broke the law.

But it's everywhere. Look at the street.

I pay my money

to look at the pictures.


MAN 1:
If I want to sit in the dark,

I can do it at home.

MAN 2:
Yes, free of charge.

MAN 1:

I think it's a blinking shame,

robbing the poor people like that.

We've got to have our money back.

It's an act of providence,

like an earthquake or a thunderbolt.

Or a baby.

Will you kindly not interfere?

We've got to have our money back.

I'm so sorry I'm late, Mrs. Verloc,

but I had a hell of a time

trying to eat my egg on toast in the dark.

Half of it's in my ear now.


They want their money back,

but we can't afford it.

I do wish Mr. Verloc would come.

Rotten place.

Can't even see the pictures.

- They're getting nasty.

- Nasty? Leave them to me.

Here you, what's all this about?

Lend me your flashlight, Jack.

Is it our fault if the light fails?

Supposing you were a policeman,

got hit over the nut.

You think the government would

ask for their money back?

I paid for my seat.

Yes. And what about the one

you put your feet on?

Carl, when did you get home?

I haven't been out.

You weren't in 20 minutes ago.

I came and called up the stairs.

I was asleep.

Why are you shining the torch on me?

Can't you switch on the light

or something?

We can't, it's failed.

What, the fuse gone down?

No, it's everywhere,

in the streets and the trams.

And the audience downstairs

wants their money back.

They're making a terrible row about it.

Well, give it back.

- We can't possibly afford it.

- Yes, we can.

You must be crazy. It'll clear us right out.

You're always saying

we don't cover expenses.

That's all right.

Doesn't pay to antagonize the public.

I've got some money coming in. Go on.

Well, it's for you to say.

If we're going to be generous,

let's do it properly.

Come on downstairs

and make a speech about it.

No, no. They're used to you. You do it.

All right. I still think you're crazy.

- It's an act of God, I tell you.

- And what do you call an act of God?

I call your face one, and you won't get

your money back on that.


If a plane were to come along

and drop a bomb on you,

that would be an unfriendly act

within the meaning of the act.

But if the juice dries up of its own accord,

that's an act of providence

as laid down in the act of William IV

where an act is defined as any activity

actuated by actual action.

No wonder

the blinking lights went out.


- It's a moot point.

- I'll moot point them. Make them pay.

That's right, ma'am.


- MAN:
We want our money back.

- And how will you get it?

Apply sanctions? Are you familiar

with the details of the covenant?

If you'd studied Article 257,

paragraph 24, line 6, sanction B,

- it says definitely no.


Yes. You didn't know that, did you?

You're all ignorant.

Now if you take my advice, you'll go off

home because there's nothing doing here.

Now go on, get off.

- What do you think you're doing?

- TED:
Just lending a hand.

I thought I told you not to interfere.

I've been delivering a little counterattack.

Look, they're on the run.

Well, they can come right back.

Listen, ladies and gentlemen,

you're going to get your money back.


Don't give in now. I'll stand by you.

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Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad (Polish pronunciation: [ˈjuz̪ɛf ˌkɔn.rad]; born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski; 3 December 1857 – 3 August 1924) was a Polish-British writer regarded as one of the greatest novelists to write in the English language. Though he did not speak English fluently until his twenties, he was a master prose stylist who brought a non-English sensibility into English literature. Conrad wrote stories and novels, many with a nautical setting, that depict trials of the human spirit in the midst of what he saw as an impassive, inscrutable universe.Conrad is considered an early modernist, though his works contain elements of 19th-century realism. His narrative style and anti-heroic characters have influenced numerous authors, and many films have been adapted from, or inspired by, his works. Numerous writers and critics have commented that Conrad's fictional works, written largely in the first two decades of the 20th century, seem to have anticipated later world events.Writing near the peak of the British Empire, Conrad drew, among other things, on his native Poland's national experiences and on his own experiences in the French and British merchant navies, to create short stories and novels that reflect aspects of a European-dominated world—including imperialism and colonialism—and that profoundly explore the human psyche. more…

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