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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MSgt. Murphy Savage
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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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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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It's that "Don't go near the Water" Guy... in the wildest "SNAFU" the Army ever knew! See more »

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29 August 1958 (Finland)  »

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$944,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The American tanks in this film are Pershing M-26 tanks. They were produced toward the end of the war, and only 2200 or so were made. They were the first tank that could deal with the German tanks. The previous tank, the M-4 Sherman tank was armed with only a low-velocity 75mm gun at first that was replaced with a 76mm gun. Both guns proved inadequate. The Pershing was armed with a 90mm gun that could deal with any German Tank. Toward the end of the war, a few M-4 Shermans were equipped with a bigger gun to make it a tank destroyer. But for the most part, the best tank gun was in the Pershing. See more »

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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 »

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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 (Milton, Pennsylvania) – 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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