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The Great Impostor ()


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Ferdinand Waldo Demara Jr. is a versatile man who gets his kicks out of impersonating a marine, a monk, a navy surgeon and a prison warden, eventually getting in trouble with the law for it.

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Ferdinand Waldo Demara Jr. / Martin Donner / Dr. Gilbert / Ben. W. Stone / Dr. Joseph Mornay / Robert Boyd Hammnd
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Father Devlin
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Capt. Glover - HMCS Cayuga
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Warden J.B. Chandler
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Pa Demara
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Lt. Catherine Lacey
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Abbott Donner
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R.C. Brown
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Ma Demara
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Eulalie Chandler
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Cardinal
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Clifford Thompson
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Barney
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WAC Lieutenant
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Hotchkiss (as Richard Sargent)
Robert Crawford Jr. ...
Fred Demara Jr. (as Robert Crawford)
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Farmer Hauling Fertilizer
Ward Ramsey ...
Lieutenant Commander Howard - HMCS Cayuga
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Dr. Hammond
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Capt. Hun Kim
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Senior Officer
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Defense Lieutenant
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Dr. Joseph Mornay
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Lt. Thornton
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Guard (uncredited)
Robert Barrow ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Nicky Blair ...
Sergeant (uncredited)
Helen Boll ...
WAC Corporal (uncredited)
Maggie Brooks ...
Nurse (uncredited)
Charles Cane ...
Sheriff (uncredited)
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Dr. Kozumplik (uncredited)
Jane Chang ...
Korean Woman (uncredited)
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Mr. Warren (uncredited)
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Marine Major (uncredited)
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Sgt. Wilkerson (uncredited)
Wilson Cornell ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Lincoln Demyan ...
Military Policeman (uncredited)
Joanna Dix ...
Elsie (uncredited)
James Dobson ...
Sailor (uncredited)
Roger Dollarhide ...
Wireless Operator (uncredited)
Robert Dornan ...
Reporter (uncredited)
James Drake ...
Seaman (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
Michael Emmet ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Elizabeth Flournoy ...
Sister Veronica (uncredited)
Michael Ford ...
Soldier (uncredited)
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State Official (uncredited)
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Cabbie (uncredited)
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Federal Prison Inmate (uncredited)
Harry Harvey Jr. ...
Seaman (uncredited)
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State Department Official (uncredited)
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Highway Patrol Officer (uncredited)
Wendell Holmes ...
Surgeon Commander Winston (uncredited)
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FBI Man (uncredited)
Dale Ishimoto ...
Korean Soldier (uncredited)
Bob January ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Robert Kino ...
Korean Officer (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
George Lake ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Escoring Officer (uncredited)
Karl Lukas ...
Prisoner (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Seaman (uncredited)
Doug Marland ...
Messenger (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ...
French Waiter (uncredited)
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Tirdell (uncredited)
Tipp McClure ...
Soldier (uncredited)
John McComb ...
Seaman (uncredited)
Oliver McGowan ...
RCN Commander (uncredited)
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Seaman (uncredited)
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Federal Prison Guard (uncredited)
John W. Morley ...
Board Officer (uncredited)
Colleen O'Sullivan ...
Secretary (uncredited)
Nancy Root ...
Miss Kane (uncredited)
Don Ross ...
Sergeant (uncredited)
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Morgan (uncredited)
Frank Sentry ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Dan Sheridan ...
RCN Chief (uncredited)
John Slosser ...
St. Augustine School Classmate (uncredited)
Paul Sorensen ...
Guard (uncredited)
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Highway Patrol Officer (uncredited)
Roy Taguchi ...
Korean Patient (uncredited)
George Taylor ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Ben Stone (uncredited)
Warren Vanders ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Jarl Victor ...
Guard (uncredited)
Don Wilbanks ...
FBI Man (uncredited)
Barbara Woodell ...
Head Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by

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Robert Mulligan

Written by

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Robert Crichton ... (novel)
 
Liam O'Brien ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Robert Arthur ... producer

Music by

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Henry Mancini

Cinematography by

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Robert Burks ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Frederic Knudtson

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Henry Bumstead
Alexander Golitzen

Set Decoration by

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Julia Heron

Makeup Department

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Larry Germain ... hair stylist
Bud Westmore ... makeup artist
E. Thomas Case ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Lynn F. Reynolds ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Edward Dodds ... unit production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Joseph E. Kenney ... assistant director (as Joseph Kenny)
Charles R. Scott Jr. ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Robert Luthardt ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Julius Rosenkrantz ... props (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Waldon O. Watson ... sound
Frank H. Wilkinson ... sound (as Frank Wilkinson)
Don Bolger ... sound technician (uncredited)
Jack Danskin ... sound technician (uncredited)
James V. Swartz ... sound technician (uncredited)

Stunts

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Joe Gray ... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Gene Liggett ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Lennie South ... camera operator (uncredited)
Leonard J. South ... camera operator (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Norman Mayreis ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Marie Osborne ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Peter V. Saldutti ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Music Department

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Joseph Gershenson ... music supervisor
Ethmer Roten ... musician: flute (uncredited)

Other crew

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James Plomer ... technical advisor (as Commodore James Plomer RCN)
Bob Forrest ... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

Based on a true story, a bright young man who hasn't the patience for the normal way of advancement finds that people rarely question you if your papers are in order. He becomes a marine, a monk, a surgeon onboard a Canadian Warship, and a prison warden. Written by John Vogel

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Taglines The True Life Story of the Actual Amazing Masquerader...His Romantic Escapades...His Adventures as Six Different Men!!! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le roi des imposteurs (France)
  • El gran impostor (Spain)
  • O Mestre Impostor (Portugal)
  • Verden vil bedrages (Denmark)
  • Marele impostor (Romania)
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  • 113 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Tony Curtis as Demara is shown boarding HMCS Cayuga (a Tribal Class destroyer) which was the actual ship the real Demara sailed in. See more »
Goofs Curtis is assigned to HMCS Cayuga on 16 June 1951. However, in the Captain's cabin, the picture on the wall is of Queen Elizabeth II, who ascended the throne on 6 February 1952 on the death of her father, King George VI. Also the portrait appears to be the 1956 Annigoni painting of the queen. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in The Not So Great Impostor (1969). See more »

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