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The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, War | 17 October 1951 (USA)
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The story of the final years of the respected World War II German general, Erwin Rommel.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

Nunnally Johnson (screenplay), Desmond Young (biography) (as Brigadier Desmond Young M.C.)
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Complete credited cast:
James Mason ... Field Marshal Erwin Johannes Rommel
Cedric Hardwicke ... Dr. Karl Strolin
Jessica Tandy ... Frau Lucie Marie Rommel
Luther Adler ... Adolf Hitler
Everett Sloane ... Gen. Wilhelm Burgdorf
Leo G. Carroll ... Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt
George Macready ... Gen. Fritz Bayerlein
Richard Boone ... Capt. Hermann Aldinger
Eduard Franz ... Col. Klaus von Stauffenberg
Desmond Young Desmond Young ... Lt. Col. Desmond Young
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This biopic follows Rommel's career after the Afrika Korps, including his work on the defenses of Fortress Europe as well as his part in the assassination attempt on Hitler, and his subsequent suicide. Written by Alfred Jingle

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The vast African desert is aflame with the startling story the world has only guessed at ... never known until now ! See more »

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Biography | Drama | War

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Trivia

Erwin Rommel was gaining his attack information from an American liaison at the British Embassy in Cairo whose messages the German secret service had decoded. He used the data from the liaison's messages to plan his attacks on the Allied troops, and in fact Adolf Hitler openly praised the fellow for giving the Germans information through his badly coded messages. See more »

Goofs

Narrator says Rommel was wounded June 17, 1944 the same day he met with Hitler. He later says he was wounded three days before the July 20, 1944 assassination attempt. He was wounded July 17th not as the narrator says June 17th. After the D-Day invasion, Rommel requests and gets a personal interview with Hitler for "June 17". Returning from meeting on "June 17", his car is strafed and overturns, severely injuring him (Rommel). Yet "three days later" it is "July 20". See more »

Quotes

Field Marshal Gerd von Runstedt: From the moment the Bohemian corporal promoted himself to the supreme command of our forces, the German Army has been the victim of a unique situation: not only too many of the enemy, but one too many Germans.
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Connections

Referenced in James Mason: The Star They Loved to Hate (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Anchors Aweigh
(uncredited)
Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
Heard during the scenes of D-Day and the ensuing battles
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An interesting film
17 March 2010 | by JoeB131See all my reviews

Rommel has always been one of those figures that has gone against the grain of "Axis Evil/Allies Good" in WWII. A solid general who acted honorably and even impressed his enemies. His involvement with the attempt to assassinate Hitler was probably more peripheral than this film made it out to be.

This film tries it best to make Rommel into the elusive "Good German", the guy who knew Hitler was a jerkwad, but still tried to do his duty. The Good German was a myth. Those who turned against Hitler turned against him because Germany was losing the war. BUt it was a useful myth in 1951, when there was an attempt to turn the defeated Axis powers into valued allies. By 1951, Russia was the enemy, Germany was a friend, and a noble German to be praised was a godsend.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Desert Fox See more »

Filming Locations:

Yuma, Arizona, USA See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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