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* DeathOfAChild: [[spoiler: Karl asks Stevie, his wife's little brother, to deliver a film canister to the cloak room under Piccadilly Circus, but what Stevie doesn't know is that he's actually carrying the time bomb the terrorists asked Karl to carry. Stevie is delayed by several events, and the bomb explodes while Stevie is aboard a bus.]]



* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler:Shockingly averted. Karl asks Stevie, his wife's little brother, to deliver a film canister to the cloak room under Piccadilly Circus, but what Stevie doesn't know is that he's actually carrying the time bomb the terrorists asked Karl to carry. Stevie is delayed by several events, and the bomb explodes while Stevie is aboard a bus.]]

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*AssholeVictim [[spoiler: Mr.Verloc is stabbed and killed by Mrs. Verloc but he was working with the terrorist and played a hand in the death of Stevie and everyone on the bus. He also had been pretty insensitive about the fact Stevie had died because of him. All these factors don't exactly make him sympathetic when his ultimately killed.]]


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*Foreshadowing [[spoiler:In the scene where Karl is talking to The professor about what he would do if he was ever caught by the police, the professor makes it clear he would kill himself with the bombs attached to him. At the climax of the movie that is exactly what happens..]]


* AdaptationDeviation: The film keeps much of ''Literature/TheSecretAgent'' intact, but makes some notable changes. Mrs. Verloc's mother isn't in the film, while Ted Spencer isn't in the novel. SparedByTheAdaptation also comes into play, as [[spoiler:Mrs. Verloc kills herself in the novel]].

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* AdaptationDeviation: AdaptationNameChange: The film keeps much first name of ''Literature/TheSecretAgent'' intact, but makes some notable changes. Mrs. Verloc's mother isn't in the film, while Ted Spencer isn't in the novel. SparedByTheAdaptation also comes into play, as [[spoiler:Mrs. Verloc kills herself in the novel]].was changed from Adolf to Karl to avoid any Nazi connections.


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* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler:Mrs. Verloc kills herself in the novel]].

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* RewatchBonus: In the blackout scene, Mrs. Verloc telling Spencer "If you don't go away I'll call the police!", unaware that he ''is'' the police.

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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: A main thread of the story, as we see Karl Verloc try to maintain an image of being a loving husband and caring father figure to his young brother-in-law, even as he participates in despicable plots. The bird shop owner is also shown dealing with his wife and granddaughter.


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* SignatureStyle: An early example of Hitchcock using birds for sinister symbolism, as one of the members of the terrorist cell fronts as a bird shop owner.

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* MarketBasedTitle: Released as ''The Woman Alone'' in America in 1937, though its original title was eventually restored.


Mrs. Verloc (Sidney) discovers that her husband, Karl (Homolka), a London cinema owner, is a terrorist agent. Meanwhile, Scotland Yard undercover detective Ted Spencer (Loder) has been on the trail of Karl's attacks. Spencer has a chance to foil a bombing plot by the terrorists, but complications arise when the detective's cover is blown, and when Stevie (Desmond Tester), the young brother of Mrs. Verloc, gets mixed up in the plot.

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Mrs. Verloc (Sidney) discovers that and her husband, husband Karl (Homolka), (Homolka) own a London cinema owner, is called the Bijou. Karl secretly works for a terrorist agent. Meanwhile, Scotland Yard group on the side. Ted Spencer (Loder), the friendly employee of a produce market next to the Bijou, is actually an undercover detective Ted Spencer (Loder) for Scotland Yard, and has been on the trail of tracking Karl's attacks.movements. Spencer has a chance to foil a bombing plot by the terrorists, but complications arise when the detective's cover is blown, and when Stevie (Desmond Tester), the young brother of Mrs. Verloc, gets mixed up in the plot.


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* ShoutOut: Hitchcock had been a big fan of Creator/WaltDisney's animated work, and ''[[WesternAnimation/WhoKilledCockRobin1935 Who Killed Cock Robin?]]'' plays at the Bijou in a key scene.

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* AdaptationDeviation: The film keeps much of ''Literature/TheSecretAgent'' intact, but makes some notable changes. Mrs. Verloc's mother isn't in the film, while Ted Spencer isn't in the novel. SparedByTheAdaptation also comes into play, as [[spoiler:Mrs. Verloc kills herself in the novel]].


* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Mrs. Verloc, played by New York native Creator/SylviaSidney, is specifically stated to be American, but she gives her a Mid-Atlantic accent that blends in more easily with the other Brits in the story.

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* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Mrs. Verloc, played by New York native Creator/SylviaSidney, is specifically stated to be American, but she gives her Sidney plays the role with a Mid-Atlantic accent that blends in more easily with the other Brits in the story.

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* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Mrs. Verloc, played by New York native Creator/SylviaSidney, is specifically stated to be American, but she gives her a Mid-Atlantic accent that blends in more easily with the other Brits in the story.

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* UglyGuyHotWife: With Creator/OskarHomolka and Creator/SylviaSidney as the Verlocs, this trope applies (though you could say it's more like Menacing Guy, Pretty Wife).


-->'''First man''': Deliberate!

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-->'''First -->'''Fourth man''': Deliberate!

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* DictionaryOpening: The film starts with a close-up of a dictionary entry for "sabotage".


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* TitleDrop: Besides the DictionaryOpening, there's also the scene with the investigators at the power plant.
-->'''First man''': Sand!
-->'''Second man''': Sabotage!
-->'''Third man''': Wrecking!
-->'''First man''': Deliberate!


Mrs. Verloc (Sidney) discovers that her husband, Karl (Homolka), a London cinema owner, is a terrorist agent. Meanwhile, a Scotland Yard undercover detective (Loder) who has been on the trail of Karl's attacks investigates a plot to set off a bomb in London, but complications arise when the detective's cover is blown, and when Stevie (Desmond Tester), the young brother of Mrs. Verloc, gets mixed up in the plot.

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Mrs. Verloc (Sidney) discovers that her husband, Karl (Homolka), a London cinema owner, is a terrorist agent. Meanwhile, a Scotland Yard undercover detective Ted Spencer (Loder) who has been on the trail of Karl's attacks investigates attacks. Spencer has a chance to foil a bombing plot to set off a bomb in London, by the terrorists, but complications arise when the detective's cover is blown, and when Stevie (Desmond Tester), the young brother of Mrs. Verloc, gets mixed up in the plot.


Ms. Verloc (Sidney) discovers that her husband, Karl (Homolka), a London cinema owner, is a terrorist agent. Meanwhile, a Scotland Yard undercover detective (Loder) who has been on the trail of Karl's attacks investigates a plot to set off a bomb in London, but complications arise when the detective's cover is blown.

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Ms.Mrs. Verloc (Sidney) discovers that her husband, Karl (Homolka), a London cinema owner, is a terrorist agent. Meanwhile, a Scotland Yard undercover detective (Loder) who has been on the trail of Karl's attacks investigates a plot to set off a bomb in London, but complications arise when the detective's cover is blown.
blown, and when Stevie (Desmond Tester), the young brother of Mrs. Verloc, gets mixed up in the plot.

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