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Hell, Heaven or Hoboken (1958)

I Was Monty's Double (original title)
During WW2, a British actor impersonates Field Marshal Montgomery in order to confuse German intelligence.

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(screenplay), (book) (as M. E. Clifton James)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Major Harvey
Cecil Parker ...
Col. Logan
Patrick Allen ...
Col. Mathers
Patrick Holt ...
Col. Dawson
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Major Tennant
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Governor of Gibraltar
Marius Goring ...
Nielson
Barbara Hicks ...
Hester
Duncan Lamont ...
Wing Cdr. Bates
Anthony Sagar ...
Guard Sergeant (Villa)
John Gale ...
Flight Lt. Osborne
Kenneth J. Warren ...
F / O Davies (as Kenneth Warren)
James Hayter ...
Sgt. Adams
Sidney James ...
Porter Y.M.C.A.
Brian Weske ...
Despatch Rider
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The true story of how an impersonator was recruited to impersonate Field Marshal Bernard L. Montgomery to mislead the Germans about his intentions before the Normandy campaign. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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The Gigantic Hoax of World War II

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17 April 1959 (Finland)  »

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Hell, Heaven or Hoboken  »

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Trivia

Having lost his right-hand middle finger during WWI, M.E. Clifton James wears a prosthetic replacement. See more »

Goofs

The film opens as John Mills' character steps ashore behind a caption "The South Coast of England". Within minutes he is seen arriving at, and subsequently being tailed through, London's Liverpool Street Station... which serves the East of England and is not accessible by train from the south coast. See more »

Quotes

[A civilian has just bumped into Clifton-James outside a cinema]
Civilian: Who do you think you are?
[Storms off]
Maj. Harvey: Yes, who do you think you are? Monty?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: THE SOUTH COAST, ENGLAND. SPRING 1944 See more »

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Referenced in Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977) See more »

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Operation False Leads
20 October 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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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