Violette Bushell is the daughter of an English father and a French mother, living in London in the early years of World War 2. She meets a handsome young French soldier in the park and ... See full summary »
The screenplay omits David Niven's part in the real operation - it was he, working for the Army's film unit as a Lieutenant-Colonel, who first made contact with M.E. Clifton James. His role is taken in the film by Major Harvey. See more »
A match is struck to light up the guardroom. It stays alight for almost 20 seconds and barely burns down at all. 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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