UK DVD cover
|Directed by||Harold French|
|Produced by||Marcel Hellman|
|Screenplay by||Anatole de Grunwald
|Story by||Terence Young|
|Music by||Mischa Spoliansky|
|Edited by||Edward B. Jarvis|
|Distributed by||General Film Distributors (UK)|
|Running time||94 min.|
During World War II, two British army officers, Garnett and Gowan, Private Clark, who used to live in France and ran a café with his French wife, and Raoul, a member of the Free French, are dropped off the coast of occupied France. Their mission is to collect intelligence on German military strength in the area, prior to an airborne raid. They rendezvous at the chateau used as German headquarters, which is Raoul's ancestral home. His sister Michele still lives there, but is resigned to cooperation with the occupiers, and is too frightened to assist in the mission.
As part of the mission, Garnett and Gowan masquerade as champagne salesmen, aided by a personal letter from von Ribbentrop. Having thus established their bona fides, they do deals with the German officers in supplying their mess. They also extract much information from the unwary Germans. They discover that a local businessman, M. Fayolle, hated for his open cooperation with the occupiers, is in fact secretly working with the French resistance, and has assisted many Allied servicemen to escape.
The agents manage to gain access to a secret factory, so well disguised that it cannot be bombed, and show a light for arriving paratroopers. The latter land and overrun the factory.
As the agents embark by boat to return the Britain, Raoul having been killed, Michele refuses an offer to leave and promises to start working with the Resistance.
- Hugh Williams as Major Peter Garnett
- James Mason as Raoul de Carnot
- Carla Lehmann as Michele de Carnot
- Roland Culver as Captain 'Red' Gowan
- Michael Wilding as Private 'Nobby' Clark
- Nancy Price as Violette, housekeeper
- Karel Stepanek as Major Lang
- Fritz Wendhausen as General von Reichman (as F.R. Wendhausen)
- Betty Warren as Lulu Clark
- Percy Walsh as M. Fayolle
- Anita Gombault as Estelle Fayolle
- Nicholas Stuart as Captain Mackenzie
- John Salew as Hauptmann Gruening
- Yvonne Andre as Martine, money collector
- David Page as Rene de Carnot, boy
- Brefni O'Rorke as Village Priest
- Beatrice Varley as British Cook
- Stewart Granger as Sub-Lieutenant Jackson
- Oscar Ebelsbacher as Provost Officer
- Herbert Lom as Medical Officer
- BFI: Secret Mission, run time Linked 2012-10-14
- "BFI | Film & TV Database | SECRET MISSION (1942)". Ftvdb.bfi.org.uk. 2009-04-16. Retrieved 2013-10-06.