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Hell, Heaven or Hoboken (1958)
"I Was Monty's Double" (original title)

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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.

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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 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 Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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The Gigantic Hoax of World War II

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Drama | History | War

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Release Date:

17 April 1959 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Hell, Heaven or Hoboken  »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Clifton James denied that there was a kidnap attack on him in reality, and that this strand was added for the film. See more »

Goofs

Soldiers refer to the Queen's Regulations, whereas at this time they should be the King's Regulations (King George VI). 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

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 »

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An almost perfect production
13 January 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I love this film and even though I have now bought it on DVD I never miss it when it turns up on TV. The writing, script and direction are bang on the nail, and the blend of tension, drama and gentle humour is perfectly judged. There are also several short moments of genuinely touching human warmth which are often missing from films of this nature. The one or two historical inaccuracies in the script do not detract at all from the sheer excellence of this marvellous picture.

Even the theme music is beautifully matched to the content - a mixture of swaggering triumph and comedic undertone. The fact that the film is based (mostly!) on a real story is the cherry on the cake.


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