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Five Graves to Cairo (1943)

 -  Thriller | War  -  4 May 1943 (USA)
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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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Cast

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Cpl. John J. Bramble / Paul Davos
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Mouche
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Farid
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Lt. Schwegler (as Peter Van Eyck)
Fortunio Bonanova ...
Gen. Sebastiano
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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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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rommel | egypt | waiter | hotel | desert | See All (36) »

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Did a Woman Start the Rout of Rommel?

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Thriller | War

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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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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ingrid Bergman was the first choice for the part of Mouche. The 'Hollywood Reporter' in November 1942 reported that mogul producer David O. Selznick approved the borrowing of its star Ingrid Bergman by Paramount Studios for this movie. By the late 1940s, the Selznick International company was making very few movies and became a talent agency by default, deriving needed income by loaning out its contract stars to other studios. Bergman, though, did not end up being in this picture. See more »

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When John Bramble is introduced to the Germans as Paul Davos, a calendar is behind him on the wall. It is a 1942 calendar but shows Saturday, July 4th in red as a holiday...which of course is not a holiday in Egypt. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Schwegler: [checking his guidebook entry about the hotel] You have a native cook by the name of Berek.
Farid: [nervous] Terek, sir. Terek. Yes, sir. But he ran away this morning. With the British to Alexandria.
Lt. Schwegler: [checking the guidebook] You have a wife.
Farid: Oh, yes, sir. Yes. But *she* run away. Yes, sir.
Lt. Schwegler: With the British to Alexandria?
Farid: [sadly] No, sir. With a Greek to Casablanca.
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Among the Best WW II Films
9 May 2001 | by (Galveston) – See all my reviews

As a teen, during WW II, I saw nearly every war film released. This one is in the top 5. The fact that most of the story was in one locale allowed the various characters to expand. The plot twists were fascinating and the "5 graves" idea was quite believable. I was particularly swept away by Ann Baxter and Peter van Eyck. From that point on I followed her career up to her death. I would have given anything to look like Peter an Eyck. Too bad they nearly always made him the heavy in his movies. I think he had a lot of sex appeal and would have made a terrific love interest in certain films.


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