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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:
offbeat war flick 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 espionage thriller inspired a real spy operation. Actor Miles Mander looked so much like Bernard Law Montgomery that British intelligence tried to hire him as the Field Marshall's double for a mission to deceive the Germans about the location of the D-Day invasion. However, Mander was too tall, so they found an Australian comic, Meyrick Clifton James to masquerade as Monty. They sent the phony Montgomery to Gibraltar to make the Germans think the British would invade southern France before they hit northern France. Clifton James later starred in "I Was Monty's Double." A synopsis of the operation appears in the bestseller, "Double Cross: True Story of the D-Day Spies" by Ben MacIntyre.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In different shots, the pepper and salt shakers on the table in front of Rommel change positions, inexplicably, as he taunts his captives with his plan.See more »
Quotes:
Field Marshal Rommel:We shall take that big fat cigar out of Mr. Churchill's mouth and make him say Heil.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Shadows of Suspense (2006) (V)See more »

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21 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
offbeat war flick, 13 May 2002
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

Not your usual action battle movie, but a thoughtful, well-cast and well-written piece of propaganda. Worth watching for a multitude of reasons - the opening shots of the desert, the end sequences of pure war-worship, Anne Baxter's well-drawn and bitter maid, Stroheim's compelling and scene stealing portrayal of Rommel, the comic Italian general (I think this works as a bit of light relief despite being just that little bit xenophobic). Keeps the interest. Excellent.

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