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Hell, Heaven or Hoboken (1958)

I Was Monty's Double (original title)
During WW2, a British actor impersonates Field Marshal Montgomery in order to confuse German intelligence.

Director:

John Guillermin

Writers:

Bryan Forbes (screenplay), M.E. Clifton James (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Mills ... Major Harvey
Cecil Parker ... Col. Logan
Patrick Allen ... Col. Mathers
Patrick Holt ... Col. Dawson
Leslie Phillips ... Maj. Tennant
Michael Hordern ... Governor of Gibraltar
Marius Goring ... Nielson
Barbara Hicks ... Hester
Duncan Lamont ... Wing Cdr. Bates
Anthony Sagar Anthony Sagar ... Villa - Guard Sergeant
John Gale John Gale ... Flight Lt. Osborne
Kenneth J. Warren Kenneth J. Warren ... F / O Davies (as Kenneth Warren)
James Hayter ... Sgt. Adams
Sidney James ... Porter Y.M.C.A.
Brian Weske ... Despatch Rider
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Storyline

The true story of how an impersonator was recruited to impersonate Field Marshal Bernard L. Montgomery to mislead the Germans about his intentions before the Normandy campaign. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Taglines:

The Gigantic Hoax of World War II

Genres:

Drama | History | War

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1959 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Hell, Heaven or Hoboken See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The screenplay omits David Niven's part in the real operation - it was he, working for the Army's film unit as a Lieutenant-Colonel, who first made contact with M.E. Clifton James. His role is taken in the film by Major Harvey. See more »

Goofs

The film opens as John Mills' character steps ashore behind a caption "The South Coast of England". Within minutes he is seen arriving at, and subsequently being tailed through, London's Liverpool Street Station... which serves the East of England and is not accessible by train from the south coast. See more »

Quotes

[A civilian has just bumped into Clifton-James outside a cinema]
Civilian: Who do you think you are?
[Storms off]
Maj. Harvey: Yes, who do you think you are? Monty?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: THE SOUTH COAST, ENGLAND. SPRING 1944 See more »

Connections

Referenced in Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977) See more »

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B.B. (Before Bond)
12 May 2008 | by ilprofessore-1See all my reviews

It's hard not to imagine that Bryan Forbes who wrote the script for this 1958 film was not influenced by the James Bond character who first appeared in the Ian Fleming book "Casino Royale" published in England in 1953. As the first Bond film was not released until 1962, the character John Mills plays --cheeky, disrespectful of authority, as adept with women as he is in intelligence work-- is either a predecessor to 007 or an affectionate borrowing from Fleming's novel. Up until then, British men were usually depicted on screen as stiff-upper lip, decent chaps who did their jobs without complaining; surely never distracted from defending the Empire by a pretty face. Mills, with his enormous charm and good looks, introduced a new type of Brit to cinema audiences --sexy, funny and sometimes outrageous-- a character which Sean Connery was to play to perfection many years later.


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