The Man Who Never Was

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Adapted from the book of the same name by Ewen Montagu and based on fact, The Man Who Never Was stars Clifton Webb as Montagu, a lieutenant commander in the British Navy during World War II, who becomes involved in tricky scheme to fool the Nazis. It entails locating a corpse, establishing an identity for it as an intelligence officer called Major Martin, and having the body float in the water just off the coast of Spain, with military identificaiton and letters in its pockets that describe a forthcoming invasion of Greece by the British. That invasion, of course, is entirely fictitious, designed to distract the Nazis from picking up on the Britons' plans to invade Sicily. The scheme is complicated by a young woman named Lucy Sherwood (Gloria Grahame), and Patrick O'Reilly (Stephen Boyd), a German espionage agent. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Clifton Webb
as Lt. Cmdr. Ewen Montagu
Gloria Grahame
as Lucy Sherwood
Stephen Boyd
as Patrick O'Reilly
Robert Flemyng
as Lt. George Acres
André Morell
as Sir Bernard Spilsbury
Geoffrey Keen
as Gen. Nye
Michael Hordern
as Gen. Coburn
Moultrie Kelsall
as The Father
Cyril Cusack
as Taxi Driver
Joan Hickson
as Landlady
Richard Wattis
as Shop Assistant
Allan Cuthbertson
as Vice-Admiral
Brian Oulton
as Wills Officer
William Squire
as Lt. Jewell
Miles Malleson
as Scientist
Gibb McLaughlin
as Club Porter
Peter Williams
as Adm. Mountbatten
John Welsh
as Bank Manager
Everley Gregg
as Club Matron
Lloyd Lamble
as Passport Officer
Don Gordon Bell
as Customs Officer
Wolf Frees
as Adm. Canaris
Gerhard Puritz
as German Colonel
D.A. Clarke-Smith
as Laurence, a Consul
Peter Sellers
as Voice of Winston Churchill
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Critic Reviews for The Man Who Never Was

All Critics (5) | Fresh (5)

  • Inspirado numa fascinante história real, o filme mantém a sobriedade em quase toda sua duração, permitindo que acompanhemos as inteligentes ações de britânicos e alemães para confundir uns aos outros.

    Nov 26, 2006 | Rating: 4/5
  • This film is based on a true story, as revealed in a book by Ewen Montagu.

    Feb 21, 2001 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Man Who Never Was

  • Feb 04, 2009
    I have to wonder if casting directors of this era intuitively sought out Gloria Grahame whenever a script called for a 'promiscuous' or 'unbridled' sort?
    Randy T Super Reviewer
  • Sep 29, 2007
    routine stuff for 2 thirds of the picture which can probably be blamed on the true story factor. the planning and stransport of a body. non stop thrill ride.... anyway, it did get a bit more interesting towards the last third when a german spy became involved but there was still nothing to take it to any dizzy heights of enjoyablility. on the other hand it does give ya a bit of a history lesson which comes in handy if ya want some knowledge of how we invaded sicily easier than first would've been able
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer

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