A Dutch intelligence officer recruits an allied woman to act as liaison with dashing Resistance leader 'The Scarf' for a British attack on Arnhem.


Ronald Millar (screenplay), George Froeschel (screenplay)





Complete credited cast:
Clark Gable ... Col. Pieter Deventer
Lana Turner ... Carla Van Oven
Victor Mature ... 'The Scarf'
Louis Calhern ... Gen. Ten Eyck
O.E. Hasse ... Col. Helmuth Dietrich
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Gen. Charles Larraby (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
Ian Carmichael ... Capt. Jackie Lawson
Niall MacGinnis ... Blackie
Nora Swinburne ... The Scarf's Mother
Roland Culver ... Gen. Warsleigh
Leslie Weston Leslie Weston ... Pop
Christopher Rhodes Christopher Rhodes ... Chris
Lily Kann Lily Kann ... Jan's Grandmother (as Lilly Kann)
Brian Smith Brian Smith ... Jan
Anton Diffring ... Capt. Von Stanger


Carla Van Oven becomes an Allied spy for the British intelligence in The Netherlands during World War 2, although she is suspected of having cooperated with the Germans in the past. Colonel Pieter Deventer of Dutch intelligence agrees that she may train to join a team in the resistance movement, led by resistance leader The Scarf. The team starts to suffer heavy losses after she has joined them. Is she a traitor? Written by Mattias Thuresson

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The air invasion of Arnhem as depicted took place during the Operation Market Garden, an attempt to put a quick end of the war by taking all the bridges across the Rhine. The operation was the brain child of British Field Marshall Montgomery and was a much bigger action than it appears in the film. See more »


The dresses and hairdos that Turner and other women wear are from 1954, not from the time of WWII. See more »


Col. Helmuth Dietrich: It is fascinating. You really trust me, don't you?
Col. Pieter Deventer: I rely on the word of an officer and a gentleman.
Col. Helmuth Dietrich: That's a weakness, Colonel. It gives me the upper hand.
Col. Pieter Deventer: Mine has a gun in it.
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Tales from the Vienna Woods
Composed by Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauss)
Heard over German-controlled radio
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What a plot.
5 May 2007 | by margaretwestlakeSee all my reviews

As someone working on creative and interesting plotting, I saw this intrigue movie as outstanding. I had to stay and watch just to find out who the 2-way spy was: was it Turner, was it Mature, oh my could it be Clark? I had no problem with the directing; I thought the last scene with Turner looking at Gable, searching his face for signs of hate or love was good.

I had a problem with the one word title, although it was relevant; it did seem to point to one character as the good guy, so it was misleading if that was the intent. (I don't think this is a spoiler, let me know).

I was glad the movie was in color; usually I prefer black and white on the older movies, however, the scenery et all was great in color.

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Release Date:

7 September 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The True and the Brave See more »


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$1,674,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Sound System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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