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I Was Monty's Double (21-Oct-1958)

Director: John Guillermin

Writer: Bryan Forbes

Based on a book by: M. E. Clifton-James

Keywords: Drama, WWII, Biography

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Michael Hordern
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Sid James
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Edward Judd
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Duncan Lamont
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John Le Mesurier
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John Mills
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Leslie Phillips
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Review by Vic (posted on 24-Feb-2005)

If you can find a copy of this film (only available on PAL VHS, to my knowledge) you will not be disappointed. Full of cameos from the post-war British film circuit (a then unknown Sid James is the concierge at a hotel) this film is based on the amazing yet true story of Clifton-James, a lieutenant in the army who spent much of WW2 working in the accounts department of the army. Until, that is, he is spotted by a member of the intelligence because he had one rather obvious but underutilised talent. He looked the splitting image of General Bernard Montgomery. The story leads us through the training of James, through his own cameo appearance, pretending to by Monty on the coast of Africa. Culminates in a wonderful beach sequence... but I won't give the story away. The script is full of wonderful little puns and banter between the 2 intelligence chaps (John Mills) and the score is beautifully dated as post-war, low budget symphonic mickey-mouse fun. But the biggest twist is known from the start of the movie. The actor who plays both Monty and his heroic impersonator is none other than the man who actually had to pretend to be Monty during the war. He re-lives his most famous role in this fabulous telling of an event that saved literally thousands of lives of allied troops.

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