The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951)

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The story of the final years of the respected World War II German general, Erwin Rommel.



(screenplay), (biography) (as Brigadier Desmond Young M.C.)
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Dr. Karl Strolin
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This biopic follows Rommel's career after the Afrika Korps, including his work on the defenses of Fortress Europe as well as his part in the assassination attempt on Hitler, and his subsequent suicide. Written by Alfred Jingle

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Did You Know?


Luther Adler, who gives a very convincing portrayal of Adolf Hitler, was Jewish. During the original "Twilight Zone" series, he played a shopkeeper whose wish results into him turning him into Adolf Hitler. See more »


During the scene when Rommel has returned to Africa by plane after having nasal diphtheria and is being briefed by his staff. General Fritz Bayerlein (George Macready) is asked has there been any new supplies, tanks, guns? Rommel then asks "and no petrol at all?" Bayerlein answers "Not a pint!" His reply should have been "not a litre!" - Germany was, and still is, on the metric system. See more »


Adolf Hitler: Where's Goering?
Staff Member: He's on his way.
Adolf Hitler: Well, when you are fat you don't move so fast.
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Followed by The Desert Rats (1953) See more »


Marines' Hymn
Music by Jacques Offenbach
Heard during the scenes of D-Day and the ensuing battles
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Fine Bio, but.....
1 May 2001 | by (Santa Maria, California) – See all my reviews

This is a fine biopic of a worthy and honorable opponent serving a despicable cause. Unfortunately, there is not enough North Africa Campaign in the film to satisfy a war film buff. When I first saw it in the theater, it did whet my appetite to learn more about this horrendous and costly war. I have been interested in it since. The acting is first-rate, and, unlike Enemy at the Gate, the British and American accents don't detract from the film, the British accents at any rate. As others have noted in their reviews of this film, Rommel probably wasn't anti-semitic. He deliberately ignored Hitler's orders to round up Jews during the invasion of France. He also never forgave Hitler for abandoning the Afrika Korps to their fate in 1942, not to Hitler's less than energetic attempts to keep the DAK supplied.

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