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The Man Who Never Was (1956)

 -  War | Drama  -  9 May 1956 (France)
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True story of a British attempt to trick the enemy into weakening Sicily's defenses before the 1943 attack, using a dead man with faked papers.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lt. Cmdr. Ewen Montagu
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Lucy Sherwood
Robert Flemyng ...
Lt. George Acres
Josephine Griffin ...
Pam
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Patrick O'Reilly
Laurence Naismith ...
Adm. Cross
Geoffrey Keen ...
Gen. Nye
Moultrie Kelsall ...
The Father
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Taxi Driver
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Gen. Coburn
Allan Cuthbertson ...
Vice-Admiral
Joan Hickson ...
Landlady
Terence Longdon ...
Larry (as Terence Longden)
Gibb McLaughlin ...
Club Porter
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Storyline

British Intelligence during World War II is trying to get the German High Command to shift it's forces away from Italy prior to the invasion. To create the illusion of a plan for England to invade Greece a dead body is to be procured, allowed to be found with secret papers on him by Spanish authorities who will send the papers on to the Germans, or that's the plan. First they have to find a body that will look drowned, and create an identity for him that will pass the examination of the German agent who is sure to check him out. Based on a true story. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Terrifyingly true! Unbelievably real! See more »

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9 May 1956 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Der Mann, den es nie gab  »

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Trivia

Average Shot Length = ~15.7 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~14.4 seconds. See more »

Goofs

When given a list of possible operation names to use, the name Operation Jubilee is listed as available. Operation Jubilee, in fact, was used the previous year by the Allies, in what is more commonly known as the Dieppe Raid. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant Commander Ewen Montagu: If we turn up at that address, it could only mean that we've been tipped off, and that the whole Martin story is a plant. This man will have committed suicide, but Jerry will know the answer, and our operation will be blown. I'm sorry, sir, but we mustn't touch him. We daren't.
General Coburn: You mean till after we think he's got a message through.
Lieutenant Commander Ewen Montagu: No sir, right up to the time of the landings. Because the fact that there have been no further messages from him might give the game away.
General Coburn: You realize he'll ...
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Crazy Credits

Military security and respect for a solemn promise have made it necessary to disguise the identity of some of the characters in this film; but in all other essentials this is the true story of "Major William Martin" See more »

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Soundtracks

Bless 'em All
(uncredited)
Written by Fred Godfrey (1917)
Revised lyrics by Jimmy Hughes and Frank Lake (1940)
Additional lyrics by Al Stillman (1941)
Sung by the patrons of pub
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A soldier's sense of duty extends beyond death
18 May 2000 | by (Champ sur Drac, France) – See all my reviews

Good movie indeed ! A convoluted plan conceived down to the most minute details... Quite realistic and shrewd. Lots of lives were at stake...

I liked the ambiance and the pace of the action. No loud scenes, no heroes (except the corps) just men and a sense of duty and righteousness.

It also takes some brains to win a war not only blood and guts.


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