While walking to an outpost, an American jeep driven by Cpl. Arnold Kanger with Lt. David Comstock and a German Colonel prisoner ask for direction to the battalion where the colonel will be interrogated. However they stumble upon a mine on the road and the jeep overturns and the German is seriously wounded. Saunders and his squad bring the group to their outpost and they request an ambulance to transport the wounded Colonel. Soon Sgt. Saunders suspects that Kanger and Comstock may be spies but he does not convince Lt. Hanley. What will happen next? Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Masquerade is an excellent story of German infiltration behind American lines. James Coburn puts on a spectacular performance as Corporal Arnold Kanger; he's smooth as silk in his role as an infiltrator out to conquer American Battalion Headquarters. If he succeeds, the sky is the limit as to the damage he can cause the Americans. Coburn qualifies his slickness in that he spent 10 years in the US prior to WW 2.
After driving over a land mine, Kanger's plans are sidetracked as his German Colonel POW is severely injured and must remain in the care of Lt. Hanley's squad. During this time small inconsistencies begin to surface and peak Sgt. Saunders' curiosity. Lt. David Comstock (played by Dan Stafford) seems less than convincing in his infiltrator role.
I really felt sorry for the ambulance driver as he is just an ordinary guy.
You couldn't ask for a better ending sequence between 2 top rate actors.
It should also be noted Rocky Marciano makes his one line film debut. It's hard to imagine he was heavyweight champion of the world just 7 years earlier.
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