Five Graves to Cairo (1943)

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During World War 2, an undercover British soldier tries get word to the Allies that the Germans have tons of supplies buried in 5 excavations across Egypt.



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Complete credited cast:
Cpl. John J. Bramble / Paul Davos
Lt. Schwegler (as Peter Van Eyck)
Fortunio Bonanova ...
Gen. Sebastiano


June, 1942. The British Army, retreating ahead of victorious Rommel, leaves a lone survivor on the Egyptian border--Corporal John Bramble, who finds refuge at a remote desert hotel...soon to be German HQ. To survive, Bramble assumes an identity which proves perilous. The new guest of honor is none other than Rommel, hinting of his secret strategy, code-named 'five graves.' And the fate of the British in Egypt depends on whether a humble corporal can penetrate the secret... Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Release Date:

4 May 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cinco tumbas al Cairo  »

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$855,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)


(archive footage)|

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1.37 : 1
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Twentieth Century-Fox studio loaned actress Anne Baxter to Paramount Studios to play Mouche in this movie. See more »


When Bramble walks/runs into the town his shadow is behind him, then in front, then again behind him. See more »


Field Marshal Rommel: [to Mouche] I don't like women in the morning. Go away!
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Version of Hotel Imperial (1939) See more »

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A nice propaganda movie
3 January 2002 | by (paris) – See all my reviews

Shot in 1943, this movie gives you what you deserve : some sort of propaganda. But at that time, how many movies could afford to be so unrespectful ? Even if the allies are good and the axis forces evil, they are not depicted as a cliché. For example, Rommel, who was certainly the only "healthy" German general, is full of spirit, always has a good word and is well educated. Erich von Stroheim gives a nice shape to this character. In the meantime, Mouche, the little French maid, is tortured between Pétain and the image of allies. She remembers that "French soldiers were left behind by English ones in Dunkerque and captured or killed". What a stupifying sentence in 1943. But Billy Wilder is cunny enough to say what he had to say owing to his humour. And the screenplay is so clever that for anybody interested in the period (and even if you're not), this movie is worth seeing.

"We shall take that big fat cigar out of Mr. Churchill's mouth and make him say Heil." Erwin Rommel in Five graves to Cairo !

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