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The Man Who Never Was (1956)

Approved  |   |  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

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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A dead man goes to war! See more »

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9 May 1956 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Der Mann, den es nie gab  »

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(Westrex Recording System) (magnetic prints)| (optical prints)

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Trivia

In addition to providing the voice of Winston Churchill in two scenes of this film, Peter Sellers can also be heard as the voice coming over the airfield tannoy during the parachute demonstration and, very briefly, as the voice of an unseen taxi driver. See more »

Goofs

When Lucy is stamping books at the library, the sound occurs just slightly before the stamp connects with each book. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant Commander Ewen Montagu: Now, about dates. There's got to be something on him that will show when he left. I think I can fix to get a receipted bill from the Naval and Military Club -- he stayed there on his last night.
Lieutenant George Acres: And he went to the theatre. Final celebration. He has the stubs of the tickets in his pocket.
Lieutenant Commander Ewen Montagu: Item: two theatre tickets.
Lieutenant George Acres: Make it four, and for something worth seeing.
Lieutenant Commander Ewen Montagu: And what's going on in that bright little mind?
Lieutenant George Acres: Well, we've got to buy the tickets anyway, and Willie can't use them -- we might as well!...
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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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Featured in Operation Mincemeat (2010) See more »

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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