Secret Agent (1936)

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Secret Agent
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TitleSecret Agent
Year1936
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreDetective (Movies)
CollectionSpies
Run Time1h 26 min
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On 10 May 1916, during World War I, British Captain and novelist Edgar Brodie returns home on leave, only to discover his obituary in the newspaper. He is brought to a man identifying himself only as “R”, who asks him to undertake a secret mission: to identify and eliminate a German agent on his way to Arabia to stir up trouble in the Middle East. Upon agreeing, Brodie is given a new identity—Richard Ashenden—a fake death, and the assistance of a killer known variously as “the Hairless Mexican” and “the General”, though he’s neither bald, Mexican, nor a general.

Brodie’s late “predecessor” thought that the enemy agent was staying at the Hotel Excelsior in neutral Switzerland. When “Ashenden” arrives there, he is surprised to find that “R” has also provided him with an attractive wife, Elsa Carrington. Entering their suite, he also encounters her new admirer, fellow hotel guest Robert Marvin, who is only slightly deterred by the arrival of her husband (and continues to flirt with Elsa for much of the film). When they are alone, Ashenden is displeased when Elsa reveals she insisted upon the assignment for the thrill of it.

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Cast:

Madeleine Carroll Madeleine Carroll
Elsa Carrington
Peter Lorre Peter Lorre
The General
John Gielgud John Gielgud
Richard Ashenden / Edgar Brodie
Robert Young Robert Young
Robert Marvin

On 10 May 1916, during World War I, British Captain and novelist Edgar Brodie returns home on leave, only to discover his obituary in the newspaper. He is brought to a man identifying himself only as “R”, who asks him to undertake a secret mission: to identify and eliminate a German agent on his way to Arabia to stir up trouble in the Middle East. Upon agreeing, Brodie is given a new identity—Richard Ashenden—a fake death, and the assistance of a killer known variously as “the Hairless Mexican” and “the General”, though he’s neither bald, Mexican, nor a general.

Brodie’s late “predecessor” thought that the enemy agent was staying at the Hotel Excelsior in neutral Switzerland. When “Ashenden” arrives there, he is surprised to find that “R” has also provided him with an attractive wife, Elsa Carrington. Entering their suite, he also encounters her new admirer, fellow hotel guest Robert Marvin, who is only slightly deterred by the arrival of her husband (and continues to flirt with Elsa for much of the film). When they are alone, Ashenden is displeased when Elsa reveals she insisted upon the assignment for the thrill of it.

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