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The Great Impostor (1961)

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
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R.C. Brown
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Ma Demara
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Eulalie Chandler
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Cardinal
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Clifford Thompson
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Barney
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WAC Lieutenant
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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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3 February 1961 (West Germany)  »

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El gran impostor  »

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Tony Curtis as Demara is shown boarding HMCS Cayuga (a Tribal Class destroyer) which was the actual ship the real Demara sailed in. See more »

Goofs

Lt. Catherine Lacey (played by actress Joan Blackman) is supposed to be from the Province of Saskatchewan, but doesn't know how to pronounce it. No Canadian would ever say, "SAS-KAT-chew-an" with the emphasis on the first 2 syllables and a flat,drawn out sounding of that first A. Canadians, especially those from the Province, would pronounce it "Sis-KATCH-chewin". See more »

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Referenced in Catch Me If You Can (2002) See more »

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It's almost impossible to believe..
29 December 2002 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

That this movie, made in 1961, wasn't the inspiration for Frank Abagnale (Catch me if you can), the bit Spielberg/DeCaprio/Hanks hit currently in theaters. When I saw the promos for CMIYC I thought, "Hey! This is a remake of an old Tony Curtis film!"

The IMDB search shows that The Great Impostor was made in 1961; Frank Abagnales adventures as an imposter started in '62 or '63. Wonder if he saw the film?

I can't remember if I loved The Great Impostor or not but I'm guessing I did; the plot is sooooooooo similar to Catch Me If You Can and I liked that film quite a lot!




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