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The Man Who Never Was - 1956

  • Brands Ronald Neame
  • Product Code: NA-2239-GUE-T
  • Availability: In Stock

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British Intelligence during World War II is trying to get the German High Command to shift its forces away from Italy prior to the invasion. To create the illusion that Britain is in fact planning to invade Greece, they plan to procure a dead body, plant secret papers on it, and arrange for the Spanish authorities to find it and send the papers on to the Germans. That's the plan, anyway. First they have to find a body that will look drowned, then create an identity for it that will pass German scrutiny. Based on a true story.

Technical Sheet
Title in Brazil O Homem que Nunca Existiu
Original Title The Man Who Never Was
Title in Portugal O Homem que Nunca Existiu
Release year 1956
Language English
Subtitle English, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Serbian, Russian
Colors Colorful
Gender War, Drama
Duration 103 Min.
Direction Ronald Neame
Countries of origin United Kingdom, United States
Cast Clifton Webb, Gloria Grahame, Robert Flemyng, Josephine Griffin, Stephen Boyd, Laurence Naismith, Geoffrey Keen, Moultrie Kelsall, Cyril Cusack, André Morell, Michael Hordern, Allan Cuthbertson, Joan Hickson, Terence Longdon, Gibb McLaughlin, Miles Malleson, William Russell, William Squire, Richard Wattis, Ronald Adam, William Baskiville, Gordon Bell, Nigel Bernard, Michael Brill, Robert Brown, D.A. Clarke-Smith, Bill Cummings Carl Duering, Wolf Frees, Everley Gregg, Patrick Halpin, Lloyd Lamble, Ewen Montagu, Brian Oulton, Cicely Paget-Bowman, Michael Peake, Gerhard Puritz, François Périer, Peter Sellers, John Welsh, Peter Williams
Did you know?
Curiosities In this movie, Lieutenant Commander Ewen Montagu (Clifton Webb) selects a man who had died of pneumonia, because the corpse would need to have similarly damaged lungs if it had really drowned. There is also a very emotional scene where the man's father is persuaded to allow his son to be used for the deception. In fact, a Welsh vagrant, both of whose parents were dead, was used, and his death was due to his committing suicide by ingesting rat poison. It was judged to make it almost impossible to tell that this, rather than drowning, was the real cause of death. The identity of "the man who never was" was a closely guarded secret until 1998, when it was discovered that he was called Glyndwr Michael. His grave in Huelva, Spain (near the beach at Punta Umbria) now uniquely carries both his fictional and real names.
Bloopers When the body is delivered to the submarine the naval party on the dock is called to attention by "Shun!" In the Royal Navy this is "Ho!"

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