Secret Agent (1964–1967)
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The Paper Chase 

A British diplomat in Rome leaves some secret papers in a briefcase in his car. While he is having a drink, a man steals the briefcase. The diplomat calls in Drake, who goes on a chase and finds that the briefcase has been on-sold.


Patrick McGoohan


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick McGoohan ... John Drake
Joan Greenwood ... Nandina
Kenneth J. Warren Kenneth J. Warren ... Eddie Gelb
Aubrey Morris ... Tamasio
Ferdy Mayne ... Laprade
Simon Lack Simon Lack ... Gordon Symonds
Peter Swanwick Peter Swanwick ... Joe
Peter Stephens Peter Stephens ... Frankie
Oliver MacGreevy Oliver MacGreevy ... Sam
Sandor Elès ... Canesi (as Sandor Eles)
Alarice Gordon Alarice Gordon ... Gloria (as Claire Gordon)
Hanja Kochansky Hanja Kochansky ... Paula
Steve Plytas Steve Plytas ... Constantine
Guido Adorni Guido Adorni ... Waiter
Andreas Malandrinos Andreas Malandrinos ... Customer


A British diplomat in Rome leaves some secret papers in his briefcase in his car. While he is having a drink with a woman, a man steals the briefcase. He calls in Drake who is an old friend. Drake then goes on a chase and finds that the briefcase has been on-sold to a high-stakes poker player. Drake plays him at poker and wins convincingly. In exchange for the debt, Drake wants the briefcase, only to find it has again been sold, this time to a high-powered criminal. Time is running out for Drake before the papers are again sold, this time to a foreign power. Written by jem

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Release Date:

23 April 1966 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


During Drake's phone call to Laprade, a crew member's shadow appears next to Laprade's shadow. See more »


Featured in TV Heaven: TV Heaven 1966 (1992) See more »

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Go-Cart Wackiness!
20 March 2008 | by Kento96See all my reviews

Bought the complete "Danger Man" DVD box set last year and have now nearly finished it.

Just watched this episode and thought it was pretty enjoyable until the go-cart sequence mentioned by "wnewman106" in his comments. The use of the go-cart wasn't a bad idea and could have been presented in a mildly amusing way, but it went way over the top.

Wow! This certainly was a lame attempt at humor that really didn't fit with the usual quality of the show. However, the rest of the episode was good enough so that the rather silly ending didn't completely ruin it.

This is my first IMDb posting and couldn't figure out how to make it a reaction to the "wnewman106" comment, but I guess this will do.

Overall, though, I thought "Danger Man/Secret Agent" was a very good series. Plus, it lead to my all time favorite show, "The Prisoner!" By the way, one of the card players in this episode (Peter Swanwick) became a regular on "The Prisoner."

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