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Indiana Jones: The Secret Peace Indiana Jones
"The Secret Peace"
(0:00-46:56 on the Adventures in the Secret Service DVD)
Written by Frank Darabont
Based on a story by George Lucas
Directed by Vic Armstrong
Original air date: September 21, 1992

Indy acts as a spy in Austria.


Read the "April 1917" entry of the It’s Not the Years, It’s the Mileage Indiana Jones chronology for a summary of this episode


Notes from the Indiana Jones chronology


This episode takes place in Austria in April (March?) 1917.


Didja Know?


The title I've used for this episode, "The Secret Peace", comes from the title of the novelization of this episode. This episode originally aired as part of the The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Adventures in the Secret Service compilation TV movie that combines the original episodes "Austria, March 1917" and "Petrograd, July 1917".


Notes from the Old Indy bookends of The Young Indiana Chronicles


The Old Indy bookends take place in Trenton, New Jersey in September 1992.


The Trenton street seen here is actually 2nd Street in Wilmington, VA.


The mail carrier's vehicle is a Jeep DJ.


Indy begins his story to the mail carrier by telling her it was when he was a spy in Vienna. Vienna is the capital city of Austria.


Questioning whether Indy was ever really a spy, the mail carrier retorts, "Spy? You mean like James Bond?" Bond, of course, is the fictional British super-spy of novels and film.


(See the notes from the comic book adaptation of the episode farther below for a completely different set of Old Indy bookends!)


Notes from The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones


The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones is a 2008 publication that purports to be Indy's journal as seen throughout The Young Indiana Chronicles and the big screen Indiana Jones movies. The publication is also annotated with notes from a functionary of the Federal Security Service (FSB) of the Russian Federation, the successor agency of the Soviet Union's KGB. The FSB relieved Indy of his journal in 1957 during the events of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The notations imply the journal was released to other governments by the FSB in the early 21st Century. However, some bookend segments of The Young Indiana Chronicles depict Old Indy still in possession of the journal in 1992. The discrepancy has never been resolved. 


The events of this episode are not covered in the journal. The pages jump from August 1916 ("Trenches of Hell") to November 1918 and the end of the war (The Treasure of the Peacock’s Eye).


Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode


Indiana Jones

mail carrier

French Intelligence secretary

Colonel Dupuis

guard at French Intelligence

checkpoint guard

Prince Sixtus of Bourbon-Parma
Prince Xavier of Bourbon-Parma

Major Delon

Colonel Belmond

Empress Zita of Bourbon-Parma

Emperor Karl I of Austria

French Intelligence agents


checkpoint sergeant

Austrian border agent

Frederick (mentioned only, deceased)

Austrian policeman

Count von Buler

Mister Max

Emperor Karl I's men


Count Ottokar Czernin



Major Bragas




Didja Notice?


The novelization reveals that the opening scenes of the episode take place in Paris.


The truck seen in the opening shot in 1917 is a custom-made vehicle for the production, seen in a number of episodes.


The truck seen at 1:06 on the DVD is a 1928 Ford Model AA.


The character called Major Bragas in "Attack of the Hawkmen" and "The Fokker Agenda" is called Colonel Dupuis here.


Colonel Dupuis is pleased that Indy was able to destroy the giant plane at the German base at "Dalhun" (according to the subtitles). This refers to events in "The Fokker Agenda", in which Indy blew up the experimental Forssman Giant triplane, though the base was referred to as Ahlhorn in the episode. I think the subtitles were transcribed from the audio rather than from the script and the transcriber misheard "Ahlhorn" for "Dalhun" due to Dupuis' French accent.


The fancy blue car driven by Sixtus and Xavier is a Bugatti Type 35.


Prince Sixtus of Bourbon-Parma (1886-1934) and his brother Prince Xavier of Bourbon-Parma (1889-1977) were actual historical figures who were involved in attempting to get Austria-Hungary to drop out of the war separate from its allies of the Central Powers, similar to how they are depicted here. The soon to be introduced Empress Zita of Bourbon-Parma (1892-1989) was their sister and the last monarch of Austria-Hungary, wife of Emperor Karl I. The House of Bourbon-Parma is a branch of the Spanish royal family.


The exterior of the military headquarters where Indy meets Sixtus and Xavier was shot at Dobris Castle in Dobris, Czech Republic.


As seen here, Emperor Karl I of Austria (1867-1922), hoped to negotiate a separate peace with the Allies and break off from the Central Powers.


Sixtus remarks that an Allied peace treaty with Austria will "pull the rug right out from under the Kaiser." Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941) was the ruler of Germany at the time.


The shot of the train station at 6:01 on the DVD was filmed at Prague-Masaryk Railway Station in Prague, Czech Republic. According to the novelization, the station is meant to be the Gare de Lyon.


The mountain in the background to left of screen as the train crosses a bridge appears to the Matterhorn, an iconic mountain in the Alps on the border of Switzerland and Italy.


On the train, Xavier remarks to Indy, "You know, the skiing in Gstaad is extraordinary at this time of year." Gstaad is a major ski resort town in Switzerland, about 20 miles north of the Matterhorn.


As the conversation continues, Sixtus mentions the Duke and Duchess of Rochester. As far as I can find, there are no actual titles such as "Duke and Duchess of Rochester."


When Xavier defends his and his brother's "frivolity" to Indy, he assures him they are committed to ending the horror of the war, and Indy retorts that he's seen the horrors, in Flanders, Verdun, and the Congo. Indy's time in Flanders was mentioned in "Trenches of Hell" and he was at Verdun in "Demons of Deception" and the Congo in "Trek of Doom" and "Oganga, The Giver and Taker of Life".


At the Austrian checkpoint, Sixtus is stopped and a checkpoint agent asks, "Are these your papers, mein Herr?" Mein Herr is German for "sir'.


When it briefly looks as if they've lost Sixtus to the Austrian secret police, Xavier laments, "Whatever shall I tell our sister? Whatever shall I tell our parents?" The parents of the brothers and sister were Robert I (1848–1907), the last Duke of Parma, and his second wife, daughter of King Miguel of Portugal, Infanta Maria Antonia (1862–1959).


When Schultz enters the train cabin in use by Indy and the princes, she says, "Guten abend." This is German for "Good evening."


At 13:05 on the DVD, the shot of the train roaring down the tracks is flipped. The train is seen flipped again when it emerges from a tunnel at 14:36.


The train is engine 524 1110, one of several trains seen in The Young Indiana Chronicles that is housed at the Czech Railway Museum at Lužná, Czech Republic and seen in several episodes of the series. It is seen again at 38:31 on the DVD, in a flipped shot showing the engine numbers backwards.


At 14:17 on the DVD, the man in the train cabin Indy steps into is reading a Wiener Zeilung newspaper. Wiener Zeilung is German for "Vienna Newspaper." It is a real world newspaper in Austria, published since 1703.


    Indy and the princes debark the train at Amstetten. An inn called Gasthof Amstetten is seen here. Gasthof is a German term for "inn". This inn appears to be a fictitious one.

    The car seen parked in front of the inn is a 1927 Laurin & Klement-Škoda. It has license plate L915678. We later see that the vehicle has been left for the use of Indy and the princes for their trip into Vienna. In the novelization, they drive a Benz instead.


After Schultz has briefed him and the princes about where to meet their next contact, Frederick, Indy thanks her, calling her Frau Schultz. Frau is German for "Mrs."


At 17:33 on the DVD, the Wiener Riesenrad Ferris wheel at the Prater is seen in the background. These were also seen during Indy's previous visit to Vienna in "The Perils of Cupid".


The scene of poor Frederick's demise was shot at the intersection of U Kasaren and Loretanska streets in Prague, just a few buildings down from St. Vitus Cathedral, which has existed there in a few forms since 930 AD.


Sixtus is expecting Emperor Karl I's men to take him and his brother and Indy to Schönbrunn Palace, though they meet the emperor elsewhere. Schönbrunn Palace was the main summer home of the Hapsburg rulers, just outside Vienna. According to the novelization, they are taken to "Laxenburg Castle" (actually the Laxenburg castles, three more summer residences of the Hapsburgs: Altes Schloss, Blauer Hof, and Franzensburg in the town of Laxenburg. From the vague exteriors we see in the episode, it is probably meant to be Franzenburg, though these exteriors were shot at Konopiste Castle in the Czech Republic, which itself had been the last residence of Franz Ferdinand before his assassination which set off the war).


When the driver takes them past the turn to Schönbrunn Palace and Indy also finds that the rear door handles of the vehicle no longer work, Indy remarks, "I've got a bad feeling about this." This is a nod by the writers to George Lucas' Star Wars saga, where the phrase "I've got a bad feeling about this," appears repeatedly.


Austro-Hungarian diplomat Count Ottokar Czernin (1872-1932) was a real world figure.


Count Czernin reminds Karl that he (Czernin) had been foreign minister to Karl's great uncle, the Emperor Franz Joseph, for many years. Franz Joseph I of Austria was the emperor of Austria and the Austro-Hungarian Empire from 1848-1916.


Karl remarks on the recent revolution in Russia, with the Czar now deposed by his own people. This refers of the Russian Revolution which began in 1917, including the abdication of Czar Nicholas II in March 1917.


Karl remarks to Count Czernin that he does not want to go down in history as the last emperor of Austria. Ironically, this is exactly what he became.


Angry and frustrated at Count Czernin's weak letter of concession, Sixtus shouts, "Shakespeare said, 'First thing we do,
let's kill all the lawyers.' He was wrong. We should start with the bloody diplomats!" Shakespeare's line was said by Dick the Butcher in Henry VI.


The two children fighting over the wooden horse and wagon toy who are scolded by Zita at 27:51 on the DVD are likely Prince Otto (1912-2011) and Archduchess Adelheid (1914-1971), the eldest of the seven children of Karl and Zita.


At 35:05 on the DVD, Mabuse appears to be using a Mauser C96 pistol.


According to the Young Indy Filming Locations website, the square Indy and the princes run into before escaping through the sewer from the German agents was shot at Ann's Square (Anenské Náměstí) in Prague.


Escaping towards the border on the train, Sixtus chides Indy, "The sewer was a really wonderful idea. What an incredible new smell you've discovered." A similar line was spoken by Princess Leia to Han Solo in the 1977 film Star Wars: A New Hope after he leads her and the other star warriors into a garbage chute on the Death Star to escape from stormtroopers.


The agents pursuing Indy and the princes board the train to search for them at Lustenau, just before the Swiss border. In the novelization, the town is Götzis instead, about 7 miles from Lustenau.


At 40:43 on the DVD, Indy and the princes hide in a lavatory on the train. The door is marked DAMEN. This is German for "Ladies".


The novelization identifies two of the German agents/assassins as Hans and Fritz. These are the two that Indy and the princes clobber to get their civilian clothing and papers for the princes to cross the border.


The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles: The Secret Peace Notes from the novelization of this episode, The Secret Peace by William McCay

(The page numbers come from the 1st printing, July 1992)


Characters appearing in the novel not mentioned in the televised episode


Remy Baudouin (mentioned only)




Didja Notice?


On page 4, Indy muses, "Who'd have thought that a political assassination would have gotten so many countries at each other's throats?" He is referring to the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914 that set off the war.


On page 6, poilu is French for "hairy".


Here in the novelization, the roadster driven by Sixtus is a Delahaye, not a Bugatti as seen in the televised episode. Delahaye was a small French automobile manufacturer from 1894-1954.


When Sixtus and Xavier drive by him and splash him with cold, muddy water, Indy thinks the pair must be upper-class British officers and reflects that he'd seen enough British upper-class arrogance in his school days. Indy was depicted attending school in Britain for a semester or two in The Ghostly Riders and Circle of Death.


On page 10, Colonel Belmond tells the royal brothers that President Poincare and Prime Minister Briand have given their proposal complete approval. Raymond Poincaré (1860-1934) served as President of France from 1913-1920. Aristide Briand (1862-1932) served several staggered terms as Prime Minister of France from 1909-1929.


On page 20, Indy mentions the accords signed in Holland regarding the rules of war. He is likely referring to the Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907, signed in The Hague, in the historical Holland region of the Netherlands.


On page 22, Indy reflects on Remy "still on the firing line," trapped in the hell he was now discussing with the princes. This is a remnant of the original chronology of Young Indiana Jones episodes, in which only Indy became a spy, Remy being left as a soldier on the front lines. When the episodes were repackaged as The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones TV movies, the scene of Remy assigned as a spy in Belgium (as seen in "Attack of the Hawkmen") was added.


On page 25, Sixtus tells Indy that "Cousin Albert", the king of Belgium, pulled some strings to help he and Xavier enlist in the Belgian Army so they could help end the war. This refers to Albert I (1875-1934), King of Belgium from 1909-1934.


Finding out that Sixtus and Xavier are related to practically every crown head of Europe, Indy asks them who they're not related to and the brothers are unsure whether they are related to the Kaiser, though they might have a connection to Czar Nicholas on their great-grandmother's side and the Czar and the Kaiser are cousins (as is King George of England). Czar Nicholas is Nicholas II of Russia (1868-1918) who ruled that country from 1894 until abdicating on March 15, 1917. King George V (1865-1936) ruled the UK from 1910-1936.


In the novel and comic, Schultz carries a small dog (looks like a dachshund) that is not seen in the televised episode. She calls it Schatze, "sweetheart".


On page 35, Indy and the princes drive along the Danube River. The Danube is the second longest river in Europe, flowing from the Black Forest in Germany eastward to the Black Sea.


Driving into Vienna, Indy sees the grayish bulk of St. Stephen's Cathedral. He also remembers his friendship with Princess Sophie, established in Vienna in "The Perils of Cupid".


On page 36, strasse is German for "street".


Indy thinks of the over-decorated buildings of Vienna as from the Baroque era. Baroque is a style of architecture (and other arts) that makes use of profuse detail and grandeur. The Baroque era of Europe is generally considered to be the early 17th to mid-18th centuries.


On page 39, Max points a Luger pistol at Indy to get him to drive away from the Austrian crime scene. Luger is a pistol design first patented by Austrian Georg Luger in 1900.


On page 42, kaffeesieder is a German term for "coffeehouse".


The novelization reveals that Count von Buler's muscle man is called Mabuse. Von Buler himself is referred to as "Mr. Monocle" for the monocle he wears on his right eye by Indy and the princes since they don't know his name.


On page 53, Count Czernin remarks that the second concession the Allies would demand of Austria for peace, the renouncement of all German claims to the region of Alsace-Lorraine, would undo the result of the last war France fought with Germany and lost. This occurred in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870.


On page 61, Karl remarks that despite people thinking of Kaiser Wilhelm as a warmonger, he'd actually tried to stop the outbreak of the war at the last moment. This is true. Kaiser Wilhelm made these attempts near the end of July 1914, too little, too late to stop the war that started anyway on August 1.


On page 68, Indy and the princes head up the long, winding staircase of the apartment building where they are to meet up again with Mr. Max and Indy wonders why is it that all spies have to live on top floors. I'm not sure what this would refer to. When did Indy have interaction with a spy on a top floor previously?


On page 85, Indy remarks that the Mauser-wielding agents who had been chasing them were probably German, not Austrian, because the Mauser is a German gun and the Austrians use the Steyr automatic. On page 86, Sixtus points out that Mr. Max had wielded a 9-mm Parabellum. The 9-mm Parabellum is a firearms cartridge manufactured for the Luger pistol in Germany.


On page 91, Indy is cautious before racing into the next train car due to his past experiences with chases on trains. These chases occurred in "The Cross of Coronado", The Plantation Treasure, and "The Phantom Train of Doom".


On page 96, Hans barks, "Schnell!" This is German for "Quickly!"


On page 104, one of the German agents intones, "Where is this miserable Ausländer?" Ausländer is German for "foreigner". Since the author has capitalized it here, it seems he may have thought it meant "Austrian".


On page 108, von Buler swears, "Der Teufel!" This is German for "The Devil!"


The book ends with Indy captured by the neutral Swiss making him, technically, a prisoner of war. Sixtus and Xavier will be able to use their diplomatic contacts to help free Indy once they get to Geneva, Switzerland.


The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles #10 (Dark Horse) Notes from the comic book adaptation of this episode

The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles #9, 10
Dark Horse Comics
Script and artwork by Dan Barry
Inks on #9 by Andy Mushynsky
Colors and letters by Gail Beckett
October and December 1992


Characters appearing in the comic not mentioned in the televised episode


skateboarding kid

Dr. Carol Nussbaum 


Didja Notice?


The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles #9


The Old Indy bookends of this story as seen in the comic are completely different from the "mail carrier" bookends seen in the televised episode. Here, Indy tells the story to Dr. Carol Nussbaum in the park while feeding the pigeons. Dr. Nussbaum also appeared in the bookends of his earlier Austria adventure of 1908, "The Perils of Cupid" (Dr. Carol Nussbaum is the comic book's equivalent of Dr. Carol Schultz seen in the televised bookends of "The Perils of Cupid").


On page 24, a headline in a French newspaper reads, "SCANDALE A L'ARMEE, LE BON <incomplete; MAREO(?)> PAPA JOFFRE". This translates to "ARMY SCANDAL, THE GOOD PAPA JOFFRE". "Papa" Joffre was General Joseph Joffre (1852-1931), a French general in WWI serving as Commander-in-Chief of the French forces from 1914-1916 (seen in "Demons of Deception").


The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles #10


On page 1, Xavier is glad to be back among the Alps, mentioning "the saftig Swiss frauleins!" Saftig and frauleins are German for "juicy" and "misses", respectively. 


In the last three panels of page 3, Indy is playing cat's cradle with a long piece of string (as he also does in the novelization), tangling it up in an allusion to the tangled family relationships of the Bourbons.


On page 4, panel 3, Indy's passport reads "REISSPASS". This is German for "passport". The checkpoint soldier tells him, "In ordnung." This is German for "In order."


On page 17, during Indy and the princes' scuffle with Mabuse, someone curses, "Verdammt!!" This is German for "Damn it!!"


On page 20, one of the princes says "Sacre bleu..!" This is an old French profanity meaning "sacred blue", a reference to the color associated with the Virgin Mary. The exclamation is not in frequent use among the French, but is widely assumed as one by English speakers through the popularity of Agatha Christie's novels of the French-speaking detective Hercule Poirot, who was known to use the phrase frequently.


At the Swiss border on page 22, a sign reads:





These all say "Switzerland" in German, French, Italian, and English.


On page 23, a sign reads "ZOLL KONTROL". This is German for "CUSTOMS CONTROL".


Memorable Dialog


we had no idea there was going to be a sequel.mp3

it will have to be you.mp3

Captain Errand Boy.mp3

don't press your royal luck.mp3

I've got a bad feeling about this.mp3

the last emperor.mp3

start with the bloody diplomats.mp3

what an incredible new smell you've discovered.mp3

I've always had a thing for ladies in uniform.mp3 


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