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Secret Mission (1942)

Three British spies and a French resistance fighter sneak into occupied France to gather information about the German forces for a planned invasion.

Director:

Harold French

Writers:

Anatole de Grunwald (screenplay) (as Anatole De Grunwald), Basil Bartlett (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Williams ... Peter Garnett
Carla Lehmann ... Michèle de Carnot
James Mason ... Raoul de Carnot
Roland Culver ... Red Gowan
Michael Wilding ... Nobby Clark
Nancy Price ... Violette
Percy Walsh Percy Walsh ... Fayolle
Anita Gombault Anita Gombault ... Estelle
David Page David Page ... Child René
Betty Warren Betty Warren ... Mrs. Nobby Clark
Nicholas Stuart ... Captain Mackenzie
Brefni O'Rorke ... Father Jouvet
Karel Stepanek ... Major Lang
Fritz Wendhausen Fritz Wendhausen ... General von Reichman (as F.R. Wendhausen)
John Salew John Salew ... Captain Grune
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Storyline

Three British spies and a French resistance fighter sneak into occupied France to gather information about the German forces for a planned invasion.

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Genres:

Drama | Thriller | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

5 October 1942 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Service secret See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (recorded on) (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place in New York City Saturday 14 August 1948 on WNBT (Channel 4), in both Philadelphia and Baltimore Sunday 27 March 1949 on WCAU (Channel 10) and on WMAR (Channel 2), and in Boston Sunday 24 April 1949 on WBZ (Channel 4). See more »

Goofs

When Garnett puts on his glasses in the car, studio lights can be seen reflected in them. See more »

Crazy Credits

The cast list in the opening and closing credits was followed by a line "etc. etc. etc.", as if to acknowledge collectively any uncredited extras. See more »

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Referenced in Terence Young: Bond Vivant (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

La Marseillaise
(uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Heard during de Carnot's death scene
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You stewpid woman....
3 August 2009 | by max von meyerlingSee all my reviews

I'm sure that viewed during the war it was taken seriously but viewed today, with a critical eye, and I don't mean an aesthetic eye, its absurdity is what is called camp. It was only watching this film that I realized that the British TV series 'allo! 'allo! (1982-1992) was a broad parody. The central characters are two veddy veddy British chaps in trench coats wandering around in and out of the woods. Always in their trench coats. There's the cafe run by a Cockney in a beret always at odds with his wife. All we need is for the local flick to drop by and say "Good moaning". Even though people took this seriously at the time it boggles the mind to think people could really believe espionage

was actually conducted this way. For fans of the TV series this is a must not miss. I just wonder how stoned Croft and Lloyd were after seeing this film on TV 30+ years after having seen it in a West End cinema and realizing how absurd it all was and how they didn't notice 30 years before.


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