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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 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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17 April 1959 (Finland)  »

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Hell, Heaven or Hoboken  »

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The action begins in spring 1944. Specifically, the copy of "The Evening News" read by Harvey at the YMCA is dated Thursday April 6th, 1944. See more »

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

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[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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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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