A shell-shocked WWII veteran with memory problems is accused of being an impostor by a former comrade.

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Sir Mark Loddon / Frank Welney / Number Fifteen
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Lady Margaret Loddon
Paul Massie ...
Jeffrey Buckenham
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Sir Wilfred
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Hubert Foxley (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
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Gerald Loddon
Richard Wattis ...
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Richard Dimbleby ...
Richard Dimbleby
Martin Miller ...
Dr. Schrott
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Maisie
Toke Townley ...
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Deering Wells ...
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The Guide
Ivan Samson ...
Admiral Loddon
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Michael Loddon
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A Canadian commercial pilot sees a telecast in London of an interview with Sir Mark Lodden at his home. The Canadian is convinced that the baronet is a fraud, that he is actually a look-alike actor named Frank Welney. The Canadian, the baronet, and the actor were all prisoners in the same German camp during the war and escaped together. One of them disappeared during the escape. Was he Sir Mark or Welney? The tabloids have a field day with the Canadian's accusations and Lady Maggie urges her husband to sue for libel and engage the distinguished barrister Sir Wilfred. The long-drawn-out case is made complex by the fact that Sir Mark himself is not quite sure of his identity. Injured in the war, he stutters on occasion and has difficulty remembering portions of his life. As the evidence sways back and forth in court, it begins to appear that Sir Mark is an impostor and the possible murderer of the missing baronet. Even his wife is convinced of his guilt and turns against him. She ... Written by alfiehitchie

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The jury had to decide, was he living a lie ? Was he Lover or Stranger ? See more »

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6 May 1960 (Finland)  »

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La noche es mi enemiga  »

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$615,000 (estimated)
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John Mortimer claimed to have done a great deal of rewriting on the final version of the screenplay, and also that he was relieved not to be credited when he finally saw the film. See more »

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In opening credits, Arthur Davey is listed as In Charge of Adminstration; no way of missing the obvious error - it takes up half the screen; of course, it should be Administration. How can such glaring errors be missed by editors. See more »

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Version of BBC Sunday-Night Theatre: Libel (1953) See more »

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Great retelling of an old story
18 July 2006 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This film seems to be based on the true story of Martin Guerre, the sixteenth century Frenchman who went off to war and came back a changed man. Some of these changes turned out to be so great that his neighbors suspected it wasn't really Martin. It turned out they were right; it was an impostor, Arnaud du Tilh, so clever he even fooled Martin's wife. The real Martin eventually showed up and Arnaud confessed his crime. IN 192 the story was made into a film starring Gerard Depardieu as Arnaud. American audiences will be more familiar with Sommersby (1993), an adaptation of the same story starring Jodie Foster and Richard Gere, set after the American Civil War.


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