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Writers:
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:
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 »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: In the opening raid scene, one of the German soldiers is seen briefly carrying an American Thompson submachine gun.See more »
Quotes:
[last lines]
Narrator:During that last short ride, what may Rommel's thoughts have been? Were they bitter, that he had learned too slowly and struck too late? Or did they go back to the desert, where his military genuis had first electrified the world? First at Mechili, then Tobruk, yes and even El Alamein. In any case, his life and fate may have been summed up, ironically enough, in the words of Nazi Germany's sternest enemy, the Honorable Winston Churchill.
Churchill:His ardor, and daring, inflicted grevious disasters upon us. But he deserves the salute, which I made him, in the House of Commons, in January, 1942. He also deserves our respect, because, although a loyal German soldier, he came to hate Hitler, and all his works, and took part in the conspiracy to rescue Germany, by disgracing the maniac and tyrant. For this, he paid the forfeit of his life. In the somber wars of modern democracy, there is little place for chivalry.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Handcuff King (2002)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Caisson SongSee more »

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23 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
On some inaccuracies and trivia..., 4 June 2003
Author: (patrick.hunter@csun.edu) from Northridge, Ca

While a highly rewatchable war movie, with a corker of a performance from James Mason, this motion picture does have its inaccuracies--beginning with its memorable opening. In truth, British commandos did not sneak or charge in, outfitted in nightfighting fatigues; they simply walked in, disguised in Axis uniforms with fake ids. Though the covert mission proved a fiasco, Rommel, in true chivalrous tradition, had these would-be assassins buried with full military honors. However, cinematically-speaking, it's a gripping moment, and it's considered the first true pre-credit movie sequence, a trick one would see quite often in later movies, such as the Bond films and others.

The movie focuses largely on the Field Marshall's involvement with the attempted assassination of Hitler, but just how much (or how little) Rommel was involved is still arguable. Curiously, James Mason once mentioned how he was up for the part of Rommel and was competing with another Fox contract-player, Gary Merrill (best known as Bette Davis's love interest in ALL ABOUT EVE). Mason was impressed by how well Merrill marched and strutted, doing bits of military-like physical action that didn't come easily to the urbane Mason. Even though Mason ultimately won the part over Merrill, he self-critically felt he didn't fully do the role justice (though many, including myself, wouldn't agree with him). Perhaps the studio opted for Mason to bring out a sympathetic quality, because viewers do tend to forget the numbers of Allies who died directly because of the main character! Rommel was a great general for his energetic and ingenious tactics, not for (possibly) wanting Hitler killed.

Don't get me wrong; this movie is still a joy.



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