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The Man on the Rock (1938)

This MGM short film questions whether Napoleon Bonaparte died on the island of St. Helena in 1821 as recorded in history. It is noted that for many years Napoleon employed a look-a-like by ... See full summary »

Director:

Edward L. Cahn (as Edward Cahn)

Writers:

Pierre Artigue (story), Herman Boxer
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Carey Wilson ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
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This MGM short film questions whether Napoleon Bonaparte died on the island of St. Helena in 1821 as recorded in history. It is noted that for many years Napoleon employed a look-a-like by the name of Francois Eugene Robeaud. This allowed the Emperor to work on matters of State while Robeaud attended public functions. There are several other anomalies including Robeaud's sudden disappearance and his family's acquisition of wealth; the fact that Robeaud is also recorded as having died on St. Helena; and lastly the presence in Italy of an optician who bore an uncanny resemblance to Napoleon. Written by garykmcd

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Short | History | Mystery

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

An Historical Mystery #9: The Man on the Rock See more »

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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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MGM Historical Mystery Series See more »

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Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.18 (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

La Marseillaise
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Performed by studio orchestra
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Great Entertainment
2 December 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Man on the Rock, The (1938)

**** (out of 4)

Short from MGM's "Historical Mysteries" series, which takes a look at various conspiracy theories in the world of history. This one here deals with Napoleon and his double who would take his place during various aspects of his life. Public showings, speaking to men and various other reasons were used to where the double would take the place of Napoleon. The mystery (or conspiracy) happens two years after Napoleon's death when a man tries to see Napoleon II and is killed. His dying words is that he was Napoleon and years later a man backs up his story that the double originally died, which let Napoleon go around under a fake identity. I have no idea if this story is true but I must admit that I love this series from MGM. Next to their "Crime Does Not Pay", this was the best series the studio put out. Again, who knows if this story is true but if you enjoy conspiracy theory films then this one here has a great story and director Cahn handles all the action very well. The actors all handle their parts very well and Carey Wilson adds his typical good narration.


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