Based on a true story, a bright young man who hasn't the patience for the normal way of advancement finds that people rarely question you if your papers are in order. He becomes a marine, a... See full summary »

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Ferdinand Waldo Demara Jr. / Martin Donner / Dr. Gilbert / Ben. W. Stone / Dr. Joseph Mornay / Robert Boyd Hammnd
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Father Devlin
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Capt. Glover - HMCS Cayuga
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Warden J.B. Chandler
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Pa Demara
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Lt. Catherine Lacey
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Abbott Donner
Robert Middleton ...
R.C. Brown
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Ma Demara
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Eulalie Chandler
Larry Gates ...
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Clifford Thompson
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Barney
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Hotchkiss (as Richard Sargent)
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Based on a true story, a bright young man who hasn't the patience for the normal way of advancement finds that people rarely question you if your papers are in order. He becomes a marine, a monk, a surgeon onboard a Canadian Warship, and a prison warden. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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No wonder millions who read the sensational best seller about incredible Fred Demara say it makes fiction seem tame...No wonder his story was featured 3 different times in LIFE See more »

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3 February 1961 (West Germany)  »

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El gran impostor  »

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Bob Hastings' movie debut. See more »

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Curtis is assigned to HMCS Cayuga on 16 June 1951. However, in the Captain's cabin, the picture on the wall is of Queen Elizabeth II, who ascended the throne on 6 February 1952 on the death of her father, King George VI. Also the portrait appears to be the 1956 Annigoni painting of the queen. See more »

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A Treasure Trove of TV Icons Past
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A precursor to the Movie Catch Me If You Can in 2002. Ferdinand Waldo Demara Jr. took all the short cuts and most certainly did not play by anyone's rules. From being a poor boy in Massachusetts to a Naval Surgeon in Her Majesty's Royal Canadian Navy. This movie is quite a ride for the adventurous soul hidden in all of us. From the army Prisoner to becoming a prison warden's right hand man, Mr. Demara is an employer's dream doing everything asked of him and more. Tony Curtis exploits his charm and personality in all those demanding and responsible occupations and somehow pulling off the near impossible with spectacular results.As we follow Waldo throughout his life's journey we just happen to notice Television personalities enter different scenes. Raymond Massey plays an Abbott and Arthur O'Connell plays a Prison Warden to name a few. Doodles Weaver shows up driving a truck and Dick Sargent and David White play Doctors in our story with a Bewitched connection there. Frank Gorshin and Mike Kellin show their talents as disenchanted individuals. Karl Malden (Fr. Devlin), is the Demara's family Priest as he tries to follow our mountebank along his dissent from one job to another always three steps behind. Fun for all to watch and just when the authorities step in to catch our star in the act you be surprised who is hired to solve this dilemma. Great vehicle for Tony Curtis!


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