In this psychological war-drama an Army Major is captured by the Germans during World War II. They attempt to brainwash him into believing the war is over and that he is safe in an Allied hospital, so that he will divulge Allied invasion plans.Written by
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The writing credits not only claim Roald Dahl's short story, "Beware Of The Dog", as the source of the plot but also an original film story by Luis H. Vance and Carl K. Hittleman. It has been suggested that MGM bought the Vance-Hittleman plot whilst unaware of the Dahl story, also unknown to the writers and director George Seaton. However, when the script was coincidentally offered to Dahl's wife, Patricia Neal, she spotted the resemblance straight away and brought it to her husband's attention. (She turned down the female lead, which went to Eva Marie Saint.) MGM was required to pay a large sum for the film rights of Dahl's very brief story to avoid a lawsuit. See more »
As with many World War II films made in the 1950s and 1960s, the makers were careless with women's clothes and hairstyles. The women in the Lisbon restaurant were wearing 1950s dresses, and Eva Marie Saint's hairstyle is definitely 1960s. See more »
Great, offbeat WWII thriller from The Spy Who Came in From the Cold Genre. If you've ever wondered where the Sgt. Schultz character developed from Hogan's Heroes - watch and be surprised! Tight Script and excellent performances from Saint, Taylor, and Garner. Filmed in B & W to enhance the intensity.
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