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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:
If Erich Von Stroheim didn't exist Hollywood would have had to invent him 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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Language:
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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The tank seen at the start of the picture was an actual American army tank but not authentically a British one. It was loaned to the production by a neighboring American army base. The production had attempted to get a real British tank but had had their request knocked backed.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:We've been killing the English like flies! Later, we'll kill the flies like the English.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Shadows of Suspense (2006) (V)See more »

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35 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
If Erich Von Stroheim didn't exist Hollywood would have had to invent him, 10 August 2004
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

This 1943 World War II film is Billy Wilder's second directorial effort and it's a pretty good outing. According to a recent biography of Wilder, Cary Grant was offered the lead and turned it down, saying he didn't feel like going on location in the desert near Yuma, Arizona in August. The part then fell to Franchot Tone who gave a good account of himself as did Anne Baxter and Akim Tamiroff.

The film though really revolves around Von Stroheim and his portrayal of Erwin Rommel. In 1943 all that was known of Rommel was his military prowess in the desert. After the war we learned about his part in the plot to assassinate Hitler and the real story of his death. That's all covered in The Desert Fox and in James Mason's outstanding portrayal there.

What we get here is a portrayal of a cold, merciless, military machine Hun and no one did that better than Erich Von Stroheim. You watch this as did so many in the theaters in 1943 after the North African campaign was over and he became the man you love to hate.

Because of what later came out about Rommel this film became immediately dated. Yet it's still a curiosity and worth a look.

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