Adapted from the "Ashenden" stories by Somerset Maugham, Secret Agent is one of Hitchcock's few comedies. In Secret Agent, Hitchcock reunited the talented team of screenwriter Charles Bennett and actress Madeleine Carroll from his earliest success, The 39 Steps, to create an espionage adventure imbued with laugh-out-loud comedy and Hitch's trademark thrills. Celebrated writer and war hero, Edgar Brodie, is approached by British Intelligence to go undercover as a spy with the mission of tracking down and killing an enemy agent in Switzerland. His death falsified, Brodie is provided with a wife, Elsa, and a bizarre accomplice known as The General. Whilst Brodie and The General busily uncover the identity of their target, Elsa draws the attention of a suave American, Marvin. But when Brodie mistakes an innocent man for the enemy agent, he begins to question whether he is suitable for the mission.
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John Gielgud, Lilli Palmer, Madeleine Carroll, Michael Redgrave, Percy Marmont, Peter Lorre, Robert Young