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Writers:
Charles Brackett (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
4 May 1943 (USA) See more »
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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:
Deceptive Billy Wilder's War Propaganda See more (48 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)
 
Location Management
Norman Lacey .... location manager (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)
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) | UK:PG (video) | USA:Approved (certificate #9090)
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Trivia:
Film writer-director Cameron Crowe has described this film as precursor to the Indiana Jones movie franchise.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Bramble walks/runs into the town his shadow is behind him, then in front, then again behind him.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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10 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Deceptive Billy Wilder's War Propaganda, 5 July 2010
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In June 1942, the 8th British Army Corporal John J. Bramble (Franchot Tone) is retreating from Rommel's Afrika Korps and has sunstroke, reaching a remote hotel in Sidi Halfaya. He is helped by the Egyptian owner, Farid (Akim Tamiroff), under the protest of the French chambermaid Mouche (Anne Baxter) that is afraid with the imminent arrival of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel (Erich von Stroheim) and the Germans that are heading to Alexandria and Cairo. John assumes the identity of the deceased Alsatian lame waiter Paul Davos that has clubfoot to survive, but he discovers that Davos is a German spy. Further, he needs to disclose the secret about Professor Cronstraetter and the five graves mentioned by Rommel to Lieutenant Schwegler (Peter Van Eyck) that can change the fate of the British Army in Egypt.

Billy Wilder is among my top four directors of all times, but "Five Graves to Cairo" is a deceptive war propaganda of this great master. This film could have been a great war movie, but the problem is that it presents Field Marshal Erwin Rommel as a stupid commander instead of one of the greatest and most respected military leaders of history. Further, a single British Corporal is smarter than German officers and together with an Egyptian owner of an isolated hotel and a chambermaid, they are capable to lure the German troops. But maybe the most ridiculous is the language spoken by people of different nationalities in this movie. The Alsatian Davos is performed by an American actor in the role of a British Corporal that speaks in English with the German officers. The American actress Anne Baxter performs the role of a French woman and speaks in English with the other characters. And Rommel switches from English to German like a clown. My vote is four.

Title (Brazil): "Cinco Covas no Egito" ("Five Graves in Egypt")

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