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Five Graves to Cairo (1943)

Approved | | Thriller, War | 12 July 1943 (USA)
During World War II, an undercover British soldier tries get word to the Allies that the Germans have tons of supplies buried in five excavations across Egypt.

Director:

Billy Wilder

Writers:

Charles Brackett (screenplay), Billy Wilder (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Franchot Tone ... Cpl. John J. Bramble / Paul Davos
Anne Baxter ... Mouche
Akim Tamiroff ... Farid
Erich von Stroheim ... Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
Peter van Eyck ... Lt. Schwegler (as Peter Van Eyck)
Fortunio Bonanova ... Gen. Sebastiano
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Storyline

June, 1942. The British Army, retreating ahead of victorious Rommel, leaves a lone survivor on the Egyptian border--Corporal John Bramble, who finds refuge at a remote desert hotel...soon to be German HQ. To survive, Bramble assumes an identity which proves perilous. The new guest of honor is none other than Rommel, hinting of his secret strategy, code-named 'five graves.' And the fate of the British in Egypt depends on whether a humble corporal can penetrate the secret... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Did a Woman Start the Rout of Rommel?

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Thriller | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

12 July 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cinco tumbas al Cairo See more »

Filming Locations:

Yuma, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$855,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929-49, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. A popular favorite among local television viewers, this film's initial telecast took place in Toledo, Ohio Sunday 4 January 1959, where it launched the Paramount Film Collection on WTOL (Channel 11); its next airings came Friday 9 January 1959 on both KNXT (Channel 2) in Los Angeles and on WBBM (Channel 2) in Chicago; in Omaha it first aired 1 February 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), in Phoenix 6 March on KVAR (Channel 12), in Asheville 26 March 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13), in Minneapolis 4 May 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11), in Philadelphia 7 May 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10), in Milwaukee 19 June 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), in St. Louis Sunday 13 September 1959 on KMOX (Channel 4), in Seattle 14 September 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7), in Johnstown 22 November 1959 on WJAC (Channel 6), in Detroit 28 November 1959 on WJBK (Channel 2), in San Francisco 11 December 1959 on KPIX (Channel 5), in New York City 16 January 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2), and in Pittsburgh 8 April 1960 on KDKA (Channel 2). Universal released it on DVD 10 June 2013, and since that time, it's enjoyed an occasional airing on cable TV on Turner Classic Movies. See more »

Goofs

When John Bramble is introduced to the Germans as Paul Davos, a calendar is behind him on the wall. It is a 1942 calendar but shows Saturday, July 4th in red as a holiday...which of course is not a holiday in Egypt. See more »

Quotes

Field Marshal Rommel: [to the officers seated at the breakfast table] Rice pudding in Egypt - you never know if it's raisins - or flies!
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Version of Hotel Imperial (1939) See more »

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Amazing this film is so neglected in the U.S.
12 June 2007 | by metalunarSee all my reviews

I'm lucky to live very close to a wonderful video store which has an incredible stock of VHS films. I read a description of the film here at the data base and put it on my list. It blew me away from the very first moment. Sadly , I've been unable to show it to many people since it seems to exist on DVD only in a PAL version although it has made its way to Divx recently . I can only compare it to Casablanca and The Desert Fox in terms of plot and the quality of the writing and acting. It was a pleasure to watch this actor Tone who was a complete novelty for me walk the tightrope that this story truly is. His history seems to suggest he lived life as he wanted to without much regard for fame .For once I'm glad not to see Cary Grant in a film (I never thought I would say that!).


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