Counterspy (film)

Counterspy is a 1953 British thriller film directed by Vernon Sewell and starring Dermot Walsh, Hazel Court and Hermione Baddeley.[1] It was made at Merton Park Studios,[2] and released in the U.S. as Undercover Agent.[3] A mild mannered accountant (Dermot Walsh) comes into possession of secret papers that both the government and a spy ring are after. Alexander Gauge turns in a good performance as a villain rather in the mould of Sydney Greenstreet.

Directed byVernon Sewell
Produced byWilliam H. Williams
Written byGuy Elmes
Gaston Lazare
Based onshort story Criss Cross Code by Julian Symons
StarringDermot Walsh
Hazel Court
Hermione Baddeley
Music byEric Spear
CinematographyA.T. Dinsdale
Edited byGeoffrey Muller
Abtcon Pictures
Distributed byAnglo-Amalgamated Film Distributors (UK)
Lippert Pictures (US)
Release date
  • 1 August 1953 (1953-08-01) (UK)
Running time
68 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Critical reception

TV Guide called it "A routine spy picture," and rated it two out of five stars.[3]


  1. Chibnall & McFarlane p.98
  2. "Counterspy (1953)".
  3. "Undercover Agent".


  • Chibnall, Steve & McFarlane, Brian. The British 'B' Film. Palgrave MacMillan, 2009.
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