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The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951)

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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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Cast

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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Storyline

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

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

All soldiers in the scenes of D-Day and thereafter are US troops, and most of the music heard (the exception is "The British Grenadiers") are tunes associated with the US military. See more »

Goofs

The scenes concerning the failed 20th July 1944 bomb plot to kill Hitler have a very obvious goof if you look properly. It's midsummer (July, 1944) and Hitler's military planners are shown apparently walking through the East Prussian woods to the building for their meeting with Hitler, where the bomb was to be planted below the table around which they would be assembled. It's midsummer and all the trees have no leaves on them whatsoever. Obviously this was filmed sometime between perhaps December and March and not July as portrayed. See more »

Quotes

Field Marshal Keitel: Have you any better suggestions?
Field Marshal Gerd von Runstedt: Yes, one very much better. Make peace, you idiot!
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Connections

Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

The Caisson Song
(uncredited)
Music by Edmund L. Gruber
Heard during the scenes of D-Day and the ensuing battles
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Fine Bio, but.....
1 May 2001 | by tmills777See all my reviews

This is a fine biopic of a worthy and honorable opponent serving a despicable cause. Unfortunately, there is not enough North Africa Campaign in the film to satisfy a war film buff. When I first saw it in the theater, it did whet my appetite to learn more about this horrendous and costly war. I have been interested in it since. The acting is first-rate, and, unlike Enemy at the Gate, the British and American accents don't detract from the film, the British accents at any rate. As others have noted in their reviews of this film, Rommel probably wasn't anti-semitic. He deliberately ignored Hitler's orders to round up Jews during the invasion of France. He also never forgave Hitler for abandoning the Afrika Korps to their fate in 1942, not to Hitler's less than energetic attempts to keep the DAK supplied.


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