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Director:
Writers:
Charles Brackett (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
4 May 1943 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Did a Woman Start the Rout of Rommel?
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more »
User Reviews:
Warlike adventure with thriller , suspense and historic events See more (44 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Franchot Tone ... Cpl. John J. Bramble / Paul Davos

Anne Baxter ... Mouche

Akim Tamiroff ... Farid

Erich von Stroheim ... Field Marshal Erwin Rommel

Peter van Eyck ... Lt. Schwegler (as Peter Van Eyck)
Fortunio Bonanova ... Gen. Sebastiano
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philip Ahlm ... Second Soldier (uncredited)
Kenneth Anspach ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Roger Creed ... Fourth Soldier (uncredited)
Leslie Denison ... British Captain (uncredited)
John Erickson ... First Soldier (uncredited)
Bud Geary ... English Tank Commander (uncredited)
Frederick Giermann ... German Sergeant (uncredited)
Art Gilmore ... Trailer Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Clyde Jackman ... Rommel's Orderly (uncredited)
Ian Keith ... Capt. St. Bride (uncredited)

Miles Mander ... Colonel Fitzhume (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ... Third Soldier (uncredited)
Bill Mussetter ... Schwegler (Body Guard) (uncredited)
Fred Nurney ... Maj. Lamprecht (uncredited)
Peter F.U. Pohlney ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Otto Reichow ... German Engineer (uncredited)
John Royce ... German Technician (uncredited)
Konstantin Shayne ... Maj. Von Buelow (uncredited)
Sam Waagenaar ... Rommel's Orderly (uncredited)

Directed by
Billy Wilder 
 
Writing credits
Charles Brackett (screenplay) and
Billy Wilder (screenplay)

Lajos Biró (play) (as Lajos Biro)

Produced by
Charles Brackett .... associate producer
Buddy G. DeSylva .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Miklós Rózsa  (as Miklos Rozsa)
 
Cinematography by
John F. Seitz (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Doane Harrison 
 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
Ernst Fegté 
 
Set Decoration by
Bertram C. Granger  (as Bertram Granger)
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup artist
William Knight .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Albert MacQuarrie .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Ben Nye .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Leonora Sabine .... hair supervisor (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Hugh Brown .... assistant unit manager (uncredited)
Sidney Street .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles C. Coleman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Herbert Coleman .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Henry S. Kesler .... additional assistant director (uncredited)
P. Martin .... additional assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Carl Coleman .... props (uncredited)
Sam Comer .... set dressing supervisor (uncredited)
G. DeGolcondo .... props (uncredited)
Patrick Delany .... prop assistant (uncredited)
Jack Leys .... second props (uncredited)
Fred Turk .... prop assistant (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Ferrol Redd .... sound recordist (as Ferol Redd)
Philip Wisdom .... sound recordist
John Smirch .... mike grip (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Philip Ahlm .... stunts (uncredited)
Gordon Carveth .... double: Franchot Tone (uncredited)
Roger Creed .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Bud Geary .... stunts (uncredited)
Walt La Rue .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Haskell B. Boggs .... camera operator (uncredited)
Cliff Gourley .... grip (uncredited)
James Grant .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Jack Haring .... grip (uncredited)
J. Jackson .... grip (uncredited)
Constantine Klein .... grip (uncredited)
George Lancaster .... third assistant camera (uncredited)
Arthur A. Lane .... camera operator (uncredited)
Gene Liggett .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Irving Newmeyer .... grip (uncredited)
Otto Pierce .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Harlow Stengel .... assistant to second camera (uncredited)
Jack Woods .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Eugene Zador .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Bob Davis .... stand-in: Franchot Tone (uncredited)
Leslie Denison .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Harry F. Hogan .... script clerk (uncredited)
Norman Lacey .... location manager (uncredited)
David P.J. Lloyd .... technical advisor: British (uncredited)
Ronnie Lubin .... script clerk (uncredited)
Melville Stack .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
96 min
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Color:
Black and White (archive footage) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:S | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #9090)

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Trivia:
This film's opening prologue states: "In June 1942 things looked bleak indeed for the British Eighth Army. It was beaten, scattered, and in flight. Tobruk had fallen. The victorious Rommel and his Afrika Korps were pounding the British back and back toward Cairo and the Suez Canal."See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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:Our complaints are brief. We make them against the nearest wall.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Shadows of Suspense (2006) (V)See more »

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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Warlike adventure with thriller , suspense and historic events, 9 May 2008
Author: ma-cortes

This picture was a popular hit in the time, concerning about historical deeds, as well as intrigue, action and comedy. In June 1942 things looked black indeed for British Eight Army. It was beaten, scattered and in flight Tobruck had fallen and the rats of desert were besieged . The victorious General Rommel(Erich Von Stroheim) and his Africa Korps were pounding the British back and back toward Cairo and the Suez Canal. On July first 1942, Rommel and his Afica Korps reached El Alamein, as far east as they ever got. The film is set on an Arab Hotel called Hotel Imperial, where its proprietary Farid(Akim Tamiroff) accords to let a British soldier named Bramble(Franchot Tone) assume the identity of a deceased barman. There finds a French chambermaid named Moush(Anne Baxter) whose interest is in obtaining her brother out of a Nazi POW camp . Then, she asks to German lieutenant(Peter Van Eich) to win her brother's release. But the dead waiter results to have been a German spy , so Bramble tries to know where the Nazi supply depots have been stashed. Later Bramble is assigned one mission in Cairo, and on September seventh 1942, a new made Lieutenant bought a parasol at a little shop in Cairo. On October twenty fourth to the skirt of a bagpipe General Montgomery's Eight Army launched its counter offensive .

The film displays suspense, intrigue, action as well as lots of humor and wartime feats. Excellent performances, special mention Erich Von Stroheim as one of his prestigious roles as Nazi general and Fortunio Bonanova as an Italian singer official. Interesting script by Charles Brackett; Billy Wilder also collaborated on the screenplay and is based on the play 'Hotel Imperial' by Lajos Biro. In 1938, started the famed friendship between Charles Brackett and Austrian born Billy Wilder, following his initial hit there the former year with very funny 'The major and the minor' and prospered on such movies as 'Hold back the dawn, Ball of fire and Ninotchka', before they became a director-writer-producer tandem with Billy Wilder doing the film-making . The movie packs an evocative cinematography in black and white by magnificent cameraman John B. Seitz. Atmospheric musical and appropriate musical score by the master Miklos Rozsa. This highly successful motion picture is perfectly directed by the classic Billy Wilder. Rating : Better than average, well worth watching.

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