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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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Major Harvey
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Col. Logan
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Col. Mathers
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Col. Dawson
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Major Tennant
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Governor of Gibraltar
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Nielson
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Hester
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Wing Cdr. Bates
Anthony Sagar ...
Guard Sergeant (Villa)
John Gale ...
Flight Lt. Osborne
Kenneth J. Warren ...
F / O Davies (as Kenneth Warren)
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Sgt. Adams
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Porter Y.M.C.A.
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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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6 February 1959 (Ireland)  »

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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

In the movie M. E. Clifton James is attached to Montgomery's personal staff and assumes the role of Corporal Walker a driver, in order for him to study Montgomery at close quarters to learn his mannerisms and speech. In reality James was a correspondent. 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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Entertaining film based on a true story
24 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"I Was Monty's Double" is based on the book of the same name, by M.E. Clifton James, an Australian actor in the service who is drafted to impersonate General Montgomery. Though some dramatic license is taken, what makes the film fun is that James plays himself and the historical events are true.

In order to make the Nazis believe that D-Day is taking place in Gibraltor, James, who makes an appearance at the end of a show as Montgomery, is asked to impersonate the general. He bears a strong resemblance - so strong, in fact, that when he comes out onto the stage, he gets a standing ovation and rousing cheers. His recruiters, played by John Mills and Cecil Parker, are hoping the troops have the same reaction. They get him assigned as a driver so that he can observe Montgomery at close quarters and copy his mannerisms. James, however, finally tells Harvey and Logan (Mills and Parker) that he can't do it. He's never led a command. Logan is dumbstruck. "You won't be doing any actual commanding," he objects. A consummate actor, James replies, "You don't understand. I have to have it inside." However, he's so good that he is able to find the ego and leadership qualities internally to carry it off.

The film is directed by John Guillerman with emphasis on the humor. Marius Goring plays a Nazi spy who thinks he's in tight with the Allies on Gibraltor. "We feed him all kinds of garbage," the top brass says. "He's faster than calling Berlin." The whole bit at the end is fiction, but it doesn't deter from a fascinating story. Highly recommended.


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