The incredible but true story of how an impersonator was recruited to impersonate General Montgomery to mislead the Germans about his intentions before the Normandy campaign. Written by
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The action begins in spring 1944. Specifically, the copy of "The Evening News" read by Harvey at the YMCA is dated Thursday April 6th, 1944. See more »
A match is struck to light up the guardroom. It stays alight for almost 20 seconds and barely burns down at all. See more »
[A civilian has just bumped into Clifton-James outside a cinema]
Who do you think you are?
Yes, who do you think you are? Monty?
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The story you are about to see is the story of one of the boldest deceptions of our time in which Meyrick Clifton James, late of Her Majesty's Pay Corps, re-enacts his own real-life role. The Producer is deeply grateful to H.E. The Governor and Commander-in-Chief and those member of the Administration and Services at Gibraltar in March 1958, who rendered their invaluable assistance in the reconstruction of certain scenes of this film. See more »
Apparently using doubles as decoys to fool the enemy is nothing new. It takes place even now and during World War 2 there were several Winston Churchill lookalikes in good employment.
I first saw this film as a kid and thought it was fantastically entertaining. The film takes place a few months before the D-Day landings are due to take place. The British government wants to have a campaign of mis-information and have rumours that the landings might take place at a location other than Normandy
Clifton James was an actor who had an uncanny resemblance to General Montgomery and is enticed by John Mills to impersonate the man himself in order to dupe the Germans.
The film is a straightforward adaptation of James real life story although more tension and humour has been added as well as a kidnapping storyline at the latter part of the movie which did not actually occur. Also in real life James was fond of a drink and smoke unlike Monty.
It is a shame that Clifton James did not get more acting roles after the war although this film does mark his contribution to the war effort.
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