I Was Monty's Double (1958)

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If official documentation didn't exist, we'd never believe a fantastic yarn like I Was Monty's Double. Actor M.E. Clifton James plays himself, a British stock-company actor who becomes an unsung hero during World War II. It seems that James, serving his country as a junior officer, is the exact double of General Montgomery. Major John Mills trains James to impersonate Montgomery to the last detail, then sends the actor on a tour of North Africa, the better to divert the German's attentions away from the real "Monty." Based on James' own written reminiscences, I Was Monty's Double was released in the U.S. under the baffling title Hell, Heaven or Hoboken!

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It has something to say about impersonation, about character and confidence; it shows us a man un- cannily like Monty in appearance who could hardly have been more unlike him by nature.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

While he's hardly a dynamic presence in the film, [Meyrick Clifton] James offers a convincing self-portrait of a minor actor terrified at the scale of the role.

Sep 4, 2010 | Full Review…

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