One of a string of British espionage thrillers Hitchcock directed in the mid-1930s (THE 39 STEPS preceded it in 1935 and SABOTAGE followed in 1936), this one begins in England, 1916, with the funeral of war hero and famed novelist Edgar Brodie (Gielgud). The funeral is a ruse, however,
with Brodie still very much alive and in the service of British Intelligence. He is given a new identity, Richard Ashenden, and sent to Switzerland to terminate an enemy agent--although no one knows the identity or description of the agent. Also assigned to the mission are agents Elsa Carrington
(Carroll), who is undercover as Ashenden's wife, and The General (Lorre), a demented, sex...