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Nunnally Johnson (screenplay)
Desmond Young (biography)
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Release Date:
17 October 1951 (USA) See more »
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The story of the final years of the respected World War II German general, Erwin Rommel. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Mason ... Field Marshal Erwin Johannes Rommel

Cedric Hardwicke ... Dr. Karl Strolin

Jessica Tandy ... Frau Lucie Marie Rommel

Luther Adler ... Adolf Hitler

Everett Sloane ... Gen. Wilhelm Burgdorf

Leo G. Carroll ... Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt

George Macready ... Gen. Fritz Bayerlein

Richard Boone ... Capt. Hermann Aldinger

Eduard Franz ... Col. Klaus von Stauffenberg
Desmond Young ... Himself, Lt. Col. Desmond Young
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philip Ahlm ... German Soldier & Chauffeur (uncredited)
John Alderson ... German Sergeant / Hospital Staffer (uncredited)
Jack Baston ... Gen. Alfred Jodl (uncredited)
Robert Bohannon ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Boyd Cabeen ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Roland Carpenter ... German Officer (uncredited)
Mary Carroll ... Rommel's Maid (uncredited)
Steve Carruthers ... Signal Man (uncredited)
Paul Cavanagh ... Lt. Col. Caesar von Hofaker (uncredited)
Pat Coleman ... S.S. Man (uncredited)
Robert Coote ... British Medical Officer (uncredited)
Eric Corrie ... Commando (uncredited)
Ashley Cowan ... New Zealand Soldier (uncredited)
Lawrence Cregar ... German Guard (uncredited)
Fred Dale ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Roy Damron ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Charles Davis ... Signal Man (uncredited)
Don De Leo ... Maj. Gen. Ernst Maisel (uncredited)
Jack Deery ... British Medic (uncredited)

Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Richard Elmore ... Rommel's Driver in Africa (uncredited)
John Epper ... British Medical Officer (uncredited)
Charles Evans ... Gen. Schultz (uncredited)
Ray Flynn ... German Major (uncredited)
Scott Forbes ... Commando Colonel (uncredited)
Peter Forster ... Commando (uncredited)
John Goldsworthy ... Gen. Heinrich von Stulpnagel (uncredited)
Lumsden Hare ... Doctor (uncredited)
Hal Hatfield ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Gordon Heaver ... Commando (uncredited)
George Hoagland ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... German Staff Officer at Conference (uncredited)

John Hoyt ... Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel (uncredited)
Robin Hughes ... Medic (uncredited)
Harold J. Kennedy ... S.S. Man (uncredited)
Gary Kettler ... German Staff Officer (uncredited)
Guy Kingsford ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Walter Kingsford ... Vice-Adm. Friedrich Ruge (uncredited)
Bela Kovacs ... S.S. Man (uncredited)
Paul Kruger ... German Colonel & Driver (uncredited)
Perk Lazelle ... German Officer (uncredited)
Charles Legneur ... German Colonel (uncredited)
Freeman Lusk ... German Surgeon (uncredited)

George Lynn ... German Lieutenant (uncredited)
Sandee Marriott ... German Lieutenant Colonel (uncredited)
Lester Matthews ... British Officer (uncredited)
Sean McClory ... Jock (uncredited)
Keith McConnell ... British Agent (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ... Surgeon (uncredited)
Lyle Moraine ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Clive Morgan ... British Sub Lt. Commander (uncredited)
Jack Moyles ... Winston Churchill (voice) (uncredited)

George Nader ... Commando (uncredited)
Dan Nelson ... German Sergeant (uncredited)
Louis Nicoletti ... Italian General (uncredited)
Fred Nurney ... German Colonel (uncredited)

Dan O'Herlihy ... Commando Captain (uncredited)
Ray Page ... German Officer (uncredited)
George S. Patton ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Pedrini ... S.S. Man (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... German Soldier (uncredited)
John Peters ... German Officer & Tank Commander (uncredited)
John Pickard ... German Ski Trooper / Staff Aide (uncredited)
Albert Pollet ... German Colonel (uncredited)
Hugh Prosser ... Surgeon (uncredited)

Michael Rennie ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
William Reynolds ... Manfred Rommel (uncredited)
Albin Robeling ... Surgeon (uncredited)
Peter Seal ... Major General (uncredited)
Sam Sebby ... German Lieutenant (uncredited)
John Sheffield ... German Lieutenant (uncredited)
Robert Simis ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Murray Steckler ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Todd Stenderup ... German Staff Officer (uncredited)
Robert E. Strickland ... German Officer (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... German Staff Officer (uncredited)
Hal Townsend ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ivan Triesault ... German Major (uncredited)

Peter van Eyck ... German Officer (uncredited)
Philip Van Zandt ... German S.S. Man at Hospital (uncredited)
Harry J. Vejar ... German Major (uncredited)
John Vosper ... Maj. Walker (uncredited)
Trevor Ward ... Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery (uncredited)
Crane Whitley ... S.S. Man (uncredited)
Patrick Whyte ... British Agent (uncredited)
Mervin Williams ... Reporter (uncredited)
Al Winters ... Reporter (uncredited)
Victor Wood ... British Medic (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Sergeant Major (uncredited)
William Yetter Jr. ... Photographer (uncredited)
Carleton Young ... German Staff Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry Hathaway 
 
Writing credits
Nunnally Johnson (screenplay)

Desmond Young (biography) (as Brigadier Desmond Young M.C.)

Produced by
Nunnally Johnson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Daniele Amfitheatrof 
 
Cinematography by
Norbert Brodine (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
James B. Clark 
 
Art Direction by
Maurice Ransford 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little (set decorations)
Stuart A. Reiss (set decorations) (as Stuart Reiss)
 
Costume Design by
Edward Stevenson (costumes designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
R.L. Hough .... production manager (uncredited)
Abe Steinberg .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gerd Oswald .... assistant director (uncredited)
Robert D. Webb .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Eugene Grossman .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Philip Ahlm .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Elmore .... stunts (uncredited)
John Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Terhune .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director (as Charles LeMaire)
 
Editorial Department
Lyman Hallowell .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Maurice De Packh .... orchestration (as Maurice dePackh)
 
Other crew
Edward Arnold .... auditor (uncredited)
Erwin H. Buechel .... technical advisor: German usages (uncredited)
W.F. Fitzgerald .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Paul Mantz .... coordinator: aerial footage (uncredited)
Lucie Marie Rommel .... consultant (uncredited)
Ralph O. Runyon .... technical advisor: tank maneuvers (uncredited)
Cy Shelly .... location crew (uncredited)
Daniel Sheridan .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Benton Smythe .... technical advisor: paratrooper sequence (uncredited)
Oscar Straus .... technical advisor: Gestapo (uncredited)
Ray Thompson .... location crew (uncredited)
Otto von Strahl .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Howard J. Weinberger .... technical advisor: field hospital sequence (uncredited)
Desmond Young .... technical advisor: British operations (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Desert Fox" - International (English title) (informal short title), USA (short title)
"The Story of Rommel" - International (English title) (informal short title)
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Runtime:
88 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 Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:S | New Zealand:G | Sweden:15 | UK:U | UK:PG (video rating: The Desert Fox) (1988) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #15272) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | West Germany:12
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Trivia:
The movie was controversial upon its cinema release due to its sympathetic portrayal of Nazi German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel. The 'Hollywood Reporter' reported in December 1951 that there were protests about this film after this movie had been released in London, England. Moreover, 'Variety' in March 1952 reported protests after this film had been released in Italy and Australia and that publication also later reported negative reaction to the film in Argentina and Austria.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The narrator says that Allied armies were sweeping toward the Rhine when Rommel was approached by the anti-Hitler conspirators in early July 1944, but those forces were actually still being contained by the Germans in Normandy, and did not break out until after the assassination attempt.See more »
Quotes:
Field Marshal Erwin Johannes Rommel:I'm told you once referred to me as a clown. A clown of Hitler's circus.
Field Marshal Gerd von Runstedt:Oh, did I?
Field Marshal Erwin Johannes Rommel:If so, I think you should know that I've been a great deal more explicit about you, many times.
Field Marshal Gerd von Runstedt:Oh, that's quite all right, Field Marshal. I find it almost impossible to keep my mind on anything harsh said about me.
Field Marshal Erwin Johannes Rommel:Did you say it?
Field Marshal Gerd von Runstedt:Whoever said it, you've given them ample reason to regret such a foolish remark.
Field Marshal Erwin Johannes Rommel:Thank you, Field Marshal.
Field Marshal Gerd von Runstedt:Not at all.
Field Marshal Erwin Johannes Rommel:Is there anything else?
Field Marshal Gerd von Runstedt:I don't believe so, at the moment.
[...]
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22 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
The Rommel Story, 28 August 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Though The Desert Fox is good as far as it goes and James Mason is perfectly cast as Erwin Rommel, one would hope that a fuller biographical study might be done on the screen.

Erwin Rommel was one of a group of like minded military leaders in various countries who after World War I, rose to the top of their country's military establishment because they saw the value of the tank in any future war. Some of those people would be Charles DeGaulle in France, Dwight Eisenhower and George Patton in America, Marshal Tukachevksy in the Soviet Union and Rommel in Germany.

In 1942 Hitler as he was constantly doing sent Rommel in to bail out the Italians who up to that point had been running the desert campaign in North Africa. With less men and supplies, his tactical ability bedeviled the Allied command until The Second Battle of El Alamein.

The film starts with Rommel as desert warfare genius and then when he does become ill and is invalided out of North Africa, the Allies regain the initiative and beat his famed Afrika Korps. Rommel is then sent to Western Europe to supervise the defenses on the Atlantic.

There comes a point when Rommel does realize that his Fuehrer is destroying his country and becomes involved in the plot to kill him and overthrow the government. That is what most of the film deals with.

James Mason is a stalwart Rommel a perfect conception of the man they called The Desert Fox. In this mostly male film, Jessica Tandy has little to do but be loyal and supportive as Frau Rommel.

Luther Adler who among other parts he played in his long distinguished career was David Ben-Gurion. He goes the whole opposite way in his portrayal of a ranting and malevolent Adolph Hitler. How a man who took his Jewish heritage as seriously as Luther Adler did, prepare for the role of Hitler is beyond my scope. But then again, there were few actors as good as he.

Though Mason does a fine job given what limited material he had to work from, archives have been opened and we know a whole lot more about Erwin Rommel. Time for another biographical study.

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