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Imitation General (1958)

Not Rated | | Comedy, War | 29 August 1958 (Finland)
Sergeant Murphy Savage impersonates a dead general in order to inspire the demoralized troops in fighting their way out of Nazi encirclement.

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Cpl. Chan Derby
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Cpl. Terry Sellers
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Brig. Gen. Charles Lane
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Pvt. Orville Hutchmeyer
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Lt. Jeff Clayton
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Storyline

Master Sgt. "Murph" Savage impersonates a fallen general in the hope of inspiring his fellow soldiers to bravely fight their way out of a Nazi ensnarement. He might succeed if he can avoid the one soldier who knows his true identity. Written by Adam Thomas <summoner@cyberspace.org>

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The hilarious story of a Sergeant who 'promoted" himself to General! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

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29 August 1958 (Finland)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$944,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,915,000, 31 December 1958

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,165,000, 31 December 1958
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(Perspecta Sound)| (Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

NBC originally scheduled this film for broadcast on November 23, 1963. However it was canceled due to coverage of the death of President John F. Kennedy, and it wasn't broadcast until January 11, 1964. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film as the jeep drives through the artillery barrage, one or two explosions can be seen without the corresponding "boom". See more »

Connections

Referenced in L'imitation du cinéma (1960) See more »

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Glenn Ford and Red Buttons at their best.
22 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

Imitation General is an absolutely hilarious tale set during World War II. Glenn Ford's portrayal as a Army sergeant who impersonates an officer is well worth seeing. Supporting roles played by Red Buttons, Dean Jones and Tige Andrews add to the mayhem. This is classic comedy from the late 1950's and should be released to video for the next generation to enjoy.


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