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Song Parodies -> "Secret Agent Man"

Original Song Title:

"Secret Agent Man"

Original Performer:

Johnny Rivers

Parody Song Title:

"Secret Agent Man"

Parody Written by:

John A. Barry

The Lyrics

“Secret Agent” (1936); Tom Helmore (Elster in “Vertigo”) has an uncredited bit part. Another bad print. As with “The Lady Vanishes,” much of this film takes part within the confines of a train. But whereas the train gets away from the bad guys in “Lady,” here it is bombed.
There’s a man[1] whose feat’s a life of danger.
He must be as discreet as the Lone Ranger.
He has to move and take out a bad guy; his mates:
Odd “army” bloke[2] and gal from “Steps” borrowed.[3]

Secret agent man,
Secret agent plan,
They faked his death and dubbed him
With a fictitious name.

He’s got a pretty dame to play his wife;
Then the “general” screws up—takes the wrong man’s life.
Agent plans to quit the fray,
But he can’t stay away.
Off he goes to cause the bad guy sorrow.

Secret agent man,
Secret agent lams—
His “missus” had just snubbed him. . .
With bad guy, on a train.

All meet on the chemin de fer, but they
Are all victims of a bombed train; what’s the next play?
Well, first the general is eclipsed
By a missile from a clip;
The bad guy doesn’t live to see tomorrow.

Secret agent man,
Secret agent banns:
He’s Hitched then to his lover,
Won’t play more agent games.

[1]John Gielgud as Edgar Brodie/Ashenden
[2]Peter Lorre as “The General” (Abbott in the 1934 “The Man Who Knew Too Much”)
[3]Madeleine Carroll as Elsa (Carroll appeared in “The 39 Steps” the previous year)

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Old Man Ribber - March 24, 2011 - Report this comment
JAB - Hitchcock, Gielgud, and Lorre together? Another must-see! ;D
WarrenB - March 24, 2011 - Report this comment
Easy pick for the movie, and a slick lyrical switch on the movie plot. One of the movies I haven't seen, but if Gielgud and Lorre's in it, it's on the short list.

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