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The Great Impostor (1961)

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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... See full summary »

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Cast

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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
Joan Blackman ...
Lt. Catherine Lacey
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Abbott Donner
Robert Middleton ...
R.C. Brown
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Ma Demara
Sue Ane Langdon ...
Eulalie Chandler
Larry Gates ...
Cardinal
Mike Kellin ...
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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Will the Real Fred Demara Please Stand Up??

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3 February 1961 (West Germany)  »

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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 »

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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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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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