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The Man Who Never Was (1956)

Approved | | War, Drama | 9 May 1956 (France)
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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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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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
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Adm. Cross
Geoffrey Keen ...
Gen. Nye
Moultrie Kelsall ...
The Father
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Taxi Driver
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Gen. Coburn
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Vice-Admiral
Joan Hickson ...
Landlady
Terence Longdon ...
Larry (as Terence Longden)
Gibb McLaughlin ...
Club Porter
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British Intelligence during World War II is trying to get the German High Command to shift its forces away from Italy prior to the invasion. To create the illusion that England is in fact planning to invade Greece, they plan to procure a dead body, plant secret papers on it, and arrange for the Spanish authorities to find it and send the papers on to the Germans. That's the plan, anyway. First they have to find a body that will look drowned, then create an identity for it that will pass German scrutiny. Based on a true story. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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The most fiendish plot ever conceived! The most amazing "human being" ever created! The most diabolical phantom-- See more »

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War | Drama

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9 May 1956 (France)  »

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Der Mann, den es nie gab  »

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2.55 : 1
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The real life Gen. Nye objected to a number of lines that the film's Gen. Nye, played by Geoffrey Keen, said in the script. The production team had to have talks so Gen. Nye would not have to be deleted from the script. See more »

Goofs

When the Spanish fisherman finds the dead body on the beach it is supposed to be early in the morning. However, the sun is low in the sky over the water (i.e. in the west), indicating it's really in the late afternoon. See more »

Quotes

Pam: I think my alleged friend wants a light.
Lucy Sherwood: Why am I always your "alleged friend"?
Pam: George has never been quite sure that you exist.
Lucy Sherwood: Oh, I exist all right. It's about all I do.
Lieutenant George Acres: [lighting her cigarette] There's no doubt about that!
Lieutenant Commander Ewen Montagu: This is very interesting. From his attitude in the office, one would never suspect that George was such a fast worker.
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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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To win by brain,imagination and coincidence
8 August 2004 | by (New York,NY) – See all my reviews

It was 46 years ago that I have seen this movie and I still can close my eyes and see many of its pictures. The scene where the body of a dead Londoner who died of phenomena, so his corps was suit to be presented as a drowned pilot, submerging from a submarine on a beach in Spain. The scene of the German spy hand on the Morse-code key who is as straggling in making the right decision. The scene in which the car suddenly stopped in the middle of London's traffic for a brain storming session where Clifton Webb who is playing Commander Ewen Montague is in his best. >From the many movies about events at WWII it is one that stacked long in mind as it dealt in the quality of the gray matter of the counterintelligence and not about the brutality of the war. It is a masterpiece when the director, Ronald Neame, was able to inflict the emotionally pain of war in that one scene where coincidently the German spy get a real verification about the staged event. Recommended even 46 years later.


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