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Hell, Heaven or Hoboken (1958)

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


John Guillermin


Bryan Forbes (screenplay), M.E. Clifton James (book)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Mills ... Major Harvey
Cecil Parker ... Col. Logan
Patrick Allen ... Col. Mathers
Patrick Holt ... Col. Dawson
Leslie Phillips ... Major Tennant
Michael Hordern ... Governor of Gibraltar
Marius Goring ... Karl 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


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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YOU TOO, could have been fooled! See more »


Drama | History | War


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Did You Know?


The action begins in spring 1944. Specifically, the copy of "The Evening News" read by Major Harvey (Sir John Mills) at the Y.M.C.A., is dated Thursday April 6, 1944. See more »


When the Avro York lands in Africa, you can see that its civil registration has been painted over under the port wing. See more »


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

The story you are about to see is the story of one of the boldest deceptions of our time in which Meyrick Clifton James, late of Her Majesty's Pay Corps, re-enacts his own real-life role. The Producer is deeply grateful to H. E. The Governor and Commander-in-Chief and those member of the Administration and Services at Gibraltar in March 1958, who rendered their invaluable assistance in the reconstruction of certain scenes of this film. See more »


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

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11 September 2009 | by satwalker99-1See all my reviews

I was particularly tickled by the sight of James,as himself,during his training in a sequence where he observes himself,as Monty in order to study his demeanour,walk & mannerisms, before the real masquerade. Now that's acting! The news theatre at the end where Mills & James watch the newsreel was clearly the former Times by Baker St underground & close to Madame Tussauds. Would make a good double feature to support "The Man Who Never Was" - a similar intelligence con to mislead the Nazis on plans for the invasion of Europe. Probably the biggest laugh comes from the icy and withering remarks of John Le Mesurier (as James' adjutant)on his contempt for the acting profession, in a brief early scene where he initially reports for "duty" as a lowly corporal.

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English | German

Release Date:

6 February 1959 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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