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The Man Who Never Was [Blu-ray] 
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Three times Oscar nominated Clifton Webb, Robert Flemying and Oscar winner Gloria Grahame* star in this highly acclaimed 1956 British war film, based on an incredible true story. In 1943, two intelligence officers from the Royal Navy (Clifton Webb, Robert Flemying) attempt to pull off the most daring espionage mission of the Second World War. The Allies are about to invade Sicily but the Germans must be convinced that their real target is Greece. A briefcase containing plans for the fake invasion is attached to a body dressed as a British major and given an elaborate false identity. The man who never was is then left at sea for the Germans to find. However, Nazi intelligence believes that the find may be just too good to be true and a desperate cat-and-mouse game begins in the heart of war torn London...Directed by three times Oscar nominated Ronald Neame, based on the best-selling book by Ewen Montagu and featuring a superb supporting cast that includes Stephen Boyd, Michael Hordern, Andre Morrell and Cyril Cusack, The Man Who Never Was won the 1957 BAFTA for Best Screenplay and was nominated for Best Picture. Digitally restored and remastered, it is now available to own on UK DVD for the very first time.
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Webb is quite effective playing Montague. There's almost none of the prissiness he brought to most of his roles. He's quiet, determined and smarter than many around him. He has a sharp tongue but seldom shows impatience. It's a nice job. Gloria Grahame plays a young woman who provides an important piece of evidence establishing the body's history, and then unknowingly faces the Irish agent.
In my view, this is a very watchable film that keeps moving at a good pace. Ronald Neame was an experienced, effective director who knew what he was doing. Two of his best films and well worth watching are The Horse's Mouth and Tunes of Glory.Read more ›
The first half of the movie is about solving a problem of how to make the Germans think that the invasion will take place in Sicily. The solution is barbaric and unique. The second half of the movie is to keep the Germans from finding out the deception.
One of the most telling scenes is while there are preparing the deception and are in a bunker you hear the bombs and screams that remind you of the urgency and purpose of the movie.
Clifton Webb is Lieutenant Commander Ewen Montagu, the person that the movie evolves around. Gloria Grahame plays Lucy Sherwood, an alleged girlfriend. The reason she shines is that they put a lot of grease on her face and it shines in the dark.
If you saw Ben-Hur then you may recognize Messala (Steven Boyd) as the spy sent to be sure that Martin is genuine.
And if you are an Agatha Christie Miss Marple fan you will see that Joan Hickson is the apartment owner.
It is a great story and well told. It makes you want to find shirts with separate collars.
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Based on the true events of operation
MINCEMEAT. I wont give the plot away because its easily found on the net. Read more
Gripping and as it is based on a true event even better, has made me want to read the original book.Published 2 months ago by Suzanne
An interesting story, but a bit simple filproduction.
Maybe the age of the film is a bit of a problem now?
My husband was very happy with it,as he likes true story war filmsPublished 4 months ago by Lesley Box