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Imitation General (1958)

Not Rated | | Comedy, War | 29 August 1958 (Finland)
Sergeant Murphy Savage impersonates a dead general in order to inspire the demoralized troops in fighting their way out of Nazi encirclement.

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George Marshall
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Glenn Ford ... MSgt. Murphy Savage
Red Buttons ... Cpl. Chan Derby
Taina Elg ... Simone
Dean Jones ... Cpl. Terry Sellers
Kent Smith ... Brig. Gen. Charles Lane
Tige Andrews ... Pvt. Orville Hutchmeyer
John Wilder ... Lt. Jeff Clayton
Ralph Votrian ... American Pfc.
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Storyline

Master Sgt. "Murph" Savage impersonates a fallen general in the hope of inspiring his fellow soldiers to bravely fight their way out of a Nazi ensnarement. He might succeed if he can avoid the one soldier who knows his true identity. Written by Adam Thomas <summoner@cyberspace.org>

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Taglines:

THE WILDEST SNAFU the Army ever knew! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

29 August 1958 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

General improvisado See more »

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Budget:

$944,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Perspecta Sound)| 4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The American tanks in this film are Pershing M-26 tanks. They were produced toward the end of the war, and only 2200 or so were made. They were the first tank that could deal with the German tanks. The previous tank, the M-4 Sherman tank was armed with only a low-velocity 75mm gun at first that was replaced with a 76mm gun. Both guns proved inadequate. The Pershing was armed with a 90mm gun that could deal with any German Tank. Toward the end of the war, a few M-4 Shermans were equipped with a bigger gun to make it a tank destroyer. But for the most part, the best tank gun was in the Pershing. See more »

Goofs

The last German soldier from the observation post, that fires on "Gen. Savage". Is firing an M-1 Garand. German soldiers carried the Karabiner 98k, which was a bolt action rifle. It wouldn't be likely that a German soldier would pick up an American rifle. Ammunition would be a serious problem. See more »

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Referenced in L'imitation du cinéma (1960) See more »

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Seriously, it's really humorous.
4 April 1999 | by BoonerSee all my reviews

This is Glenn Ford at his best. Serious, humorous and down right hilarious. As a veteran I can see this really happening.


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