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

 -  Drama | History | War  -  17 April 1959 (Finland)
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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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17 April 1959 (Finland)  »

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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

When ME Clifton James is taken by Harvey to meet Field Marshal Montgomery to gain his approval - and to overcome James' nerves - James is wearing the service dress uniform of a Lieutenant in the Royal Army Pay Corps (which is correct). However, his cap badge bears the post-1953 Queen's Crown rather than the 1910-52 King's Crown which would be correct for the time of the action in the film, 1944. 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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Referenced in Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977) See more »

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B.B. (Before Bond)
12 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's hard not to imagine that Bryan Forbes who wrote the script for this 1958 film was not influenced by the James Bond character who first appeared in the Ian Fleming book "Casino Royale" published in England in 1953. As the first Bond film was not released until 1962, the character John Mills plays --cheeky, disrespectful of authority, as adept with women as he is in intelligence work-- is either a predecessor to 007 or an affectionate borrowing from Fleming's novel. Up until then, British men were usually depicted on screen as stiff-upper lip, decent chaps who did their jobs without complaining; surely never distracted from defending the Empire by a pretty face. Mills, with his enormous charm and good looks, introduced a new type of Brit to cinema audiences --sexy, funny and sometimes outrageous-- a character which Sean Connery was to play to perfection many years later.


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