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Three Came Back (1961)
"Then There Were Three" (original title)

 |  War, Drama  |  November 1961 (USA)
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When an American attack on the German-held town of San Corrado results in the Germans being forced out of the town, they don't have time to take along a top Italian partisan leader they ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Barry Cahill ...
Sgt. Travers
Frank Latimore ...
Lt. Willotsky
Alex Nicol ...
Sam McLease
Fredrick R. Clark ...
Calhoun
Sidney Clute ...
Ben Harvey
Brendan Fitzgerald
Frank Gregory ...
Harry Miller
Gérard Herter ...
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Michael Billingsley ...
T.I. Ellis
Kurt Polter
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Paul Frees ...
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Lucky Mildon
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When an American attack on the German-held town of San Corrado results in the Germans being forced out of the town, they don't have time to take along a top Italian partisan leader they have captured and imprisoned. Fearing that the Americans will turn the man loose to organize more partisan attacks on their forces, the Germans send one of their top agents to infiltrate the town, posing as an American soldier cut off from his unit, and assign him to re-capture the partisan leader and bring him back for interrogation--or, if that's not possible, to kill him. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A Lost Patrol Loving, Fighting and Dying Together - But One is a Nazi Spy!

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Spy's R' Us
6 October 2009 | by (brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** With the retreating Germans desperately trying to recapture Italian guerrilla leader El Palagrino who had been recently liberated from a Nazi prison camp they come up with this intriguing idea to plant one of their top infiltration experts Capt. Spogle into a US Army unit and both track and then gun El Palagrino down. That's to be done in the the small Italian town of San Corrado where El Palagrino is now being held in protective by the US Military.

Having no trouble at all linking up with a number of US Army stragglers who survived a bloody confrontation with the Germans Capt. Spogle is now in the perfect position to find his way back to San Corrado and complete his mission in knocking off the dangerous, to the German military, El Palagrino before he can organize his Italian guerrilla army. The only thing that Capt. Spogle, now using the identity of a fictitious US Army GI, has to worry about is if he's discovered by the GIs he's with! This would have Spogle end up being shot on the spot as an, in wearing a US Military uniform, Nazi spy! Having a secret radio transmitter on him Capt. Spogle can be traced by his fellow Germans and thus have those GI's with him saved from being killed by them! Not because the Germans have any good feelings about the GI's in Spogle's unit but because their needed to get back, together with Capt. Spogle, to San Carrado for Capt. Spogle to finish off Italian guerrilla leader El Palagrino!

Despite its very meager budget the film "Then There Were Three" holds up pretty well compared to many like-wise war movies that cost a lot more to make with well known actors in them. Capt. Spogle in his attempt cover-up what he's really up to blows his cover by killing most of the GI's in his unit making it look like the Germans did it!

***SPOILER*** It's when Spogle murders TL Ellis that his US Army unit commander Lt. Wilotsky starts to smell a rat , or Nazi, in that his outfit was somehow infiltrated by the Germans. Making it back to San Carrado with the help of a number friendly Italian villagers including the hot and sexy, who in fact unknowingly tipped off the GI's to Capt. Spogle's identity, Glovannia Lt. Wilotsky and the remainder of his men-two of them-prevented Spogle from murdering El Palagrino. Spogle now expose as the no good Nazi spy that he is tries to make it back to the German lines only to be gunned down by his own men mistaking him for an American soldier! In what turned out to be a fitting tribute for this low life murdering Nazi rat!


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