House of Secrets
UK theatrical poster
Directed byGuy Green
Written byRobert Buckner
Bryan Forbes
Based onnovel Storm Over Paris by Sterling Noel
Produced byVivian Cox
Julian Wintle
StarringMichael Craig
Anton Diffring
Gérard Oury
CinematographyHarry Waxman
Edited bySidney Hayers
Music byHubert Clifford
Distributed byRank Film Distributors
Release date
23 October 1956 (UK)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

House of Secretsis a 1956 British crime thriller film directed by Guy Green and starring Michael Craig, Anton Diffring and Gérard Oury.[1] It was filmed in Technicolor and VistaVision. It was shot at Pinewood Studios near London and on location in Paris and Marseille. The film's sets were designed by the art director Alex Vetchinsky while the costumes were by Julie Harris.



The film, based on the novel Storm Over Paris by Sterling Noel, follows a man who is sent undercover to infiltrate an international crime organization planning to inundate the UK with huge amounts of near perfect forged UK Bank Notes to damage the UK Economy. In this very well-made Glossy Colourful British Film Michael Craig (Larry Ellis) is similar to an early James Bond character. The only thing which might spoil it for some viewers is the slightly abrupt ending. Beautifully photographed entirely in Paris, France.


Michael Craig called his part "a sort of forerunner to the James Bond type of movie" which "in spite of all our best efforts it ended up being fairly boring." He was paid £30 a week.[3] The film was shot on location in France.[4]


  1. ^ BFI Database entry
  2. ^ "Jean Driant". IMDb.
  3. ^ Craig, Michael (2005). The Smallest Giant: An Actor's Life. Allen and Unwin. p. 74.
  4. ^ Schwartzman, Arnold (19 November 1991). "Interview with Guy Green side 3". British Entertainment History Project.