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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 life and career of the respected World War II German general. 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 .... orchestrator (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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Language:
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 (PCA #15272) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
Movie debut (uncredited) of British actor John Alderson who plays a German corporal.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The scenes concerning the failed 20th July 1944 bomb plot to kill Hitler have a very obvious goof if you look properly. It's midsummer (July, 1944) and Hitler's military planners are shown apparently walking through the East Prussian woods to the building for their meeting with Hitler, where the bomb was to be planted below the table around which they would be assembled. It's midsummer and all the trees have no leaves on them whatsoever. Obviously this was filmed sometime between perhaps December and March and not July as portrayed.See more »
Quotes:
Field Marshal Erwin Johannes Rommel:[Hitler just sent an order not to retreat from El Alamein] It's an order, Bayerlein, a military order from General Headquarters. A clear, straight, stupid, criminal military order, from General Headquarters.
Gen. Fritz Bayerlein:And what are you going to do, double the insanity by obeying it? We've got the best soldiers in the German Army here. They may be just hanging on now, but they're still a force, they're still fighting. If we take them out now, they can fight again tomorrow. But this! This is sheer madness! It's out of the Middle Ages. Nobody had said "Victory or Death" since people fought with bows and arrows. Why, this is an order to throw away an entire army!
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29 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Continuiously watchable, 8 January 2005
Author: al-eaton from Longmont, Colorado

I cannot count the number of times I've seen this excellent film. It is endlessly watchable. James Mason plays a very believable Rommel (at least he looked the proper age unlike the actor who played him in PATTON). True, this is an idolized portrait of Rommel, whose reputation in history (after all he was Hitler's favorite general, an autocratic and egotistical warrior who served his Furher with skill and zeal) was salvaged because of his final opposition to Hitler, an action that caused his death on Hitler's orders. It would be interesting, as one reviewer wrote, to see a German filmmaker's take on Rommel's life.

The script is tight, giving the cast excellent opportunities to create intelligent and believable characters. To the film's credit, the historical events are generqally presented with fairly good accuracy. As a side note: the voice of British General Desmond Morris (upon whose biography the film is based and who gives a running narration throughout) was dubbed by actor Michael Rennie (THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL), but who is not credited.

Despite flaws that mark all historical movies of any age, but especially biographies, I highly recommend THE DESERT FOX, especially for it's acting.

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