The true story of the British explorer Robert Falcon Scott and his ill-fated expedition to try to be the first man to discover the South Pole - only to find that the murderously cold ... See full summary »
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 »
[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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Opening credits prologue: THE SOUTH COAST, ENGLAND. SPRING 1944 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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