Secret Mission

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Secret Mission
Secret Mission (1942) DVD cover.jpg
UK DVD cover
Directed by Harold French
Produced by Marcel Hellman
Screenplay by Anatole de Grunwald
Basil Bartlett
Story by Terence Young
Starring Hugh Williams
James Mason
Carla Lehmann
Roland Culver
Music by Mischa Spoliansky
Cinematography Bernard Knowles
Edited by Edward B. Jarvis
Distributed by General Film Distributors (UK)
Release dates
  • 5 October 1942 (1942-10-05) (UK)
Running time 94 min.[1]
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Secret Mission is a 1942 British war film directed by Harold French and starring Hugh Williams, James Mason, Nancy Price, Carla Lehmann and Roland Culver.


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.[2]



  1. ^ BFI: Secret Mission, run time Linked 2012-10-14
  2. ^ "BFI | Film & TV Database | SECRET MISSION (1942)". 2009-04-16. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 

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