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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 overview, first billed only:
Ferdinand Waldo Demara Jr. / Martin Donner / Dr. Gilbert / Ben. W. Stone / Dr. Joseph Mornay / Robert Boyd Hammnd
Father Devlin
Capt. Glover - HMCS Cayuga
Warden J.B. Chandler
Pa Demara
Lt. Catherine Lacey
Abbott Donner
Robert Middleton ...
R.C. Brown
Ma Demara
Eulalie Chandler
Larry Gates ...
Clifford Thompson
WAC Lieutenant
Hotchkiss (as Richard Sargent)


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 <>

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Will the Real Fred Demara Please Stand Up??


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Release Date:

3 February 1961 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

El gran impostor  »

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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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Hilarious scene with Edmond O'Brien
13 September 2000 | by (Columbus TX) – See all my reviews

If you haven't seen this movie, catch it for at least one reason: About an hour into it Tony Curtis is passing as a surgeon on a Canadian warboat with Edmond O'Brien as its captain. O'Brien comes down with an impacted molar, and Curtis has to remove it. What happens after that is totally unforgettable. They should make special awards just for scenes this funny!

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