I Was Monty's Double (1958) - Rotten Tomatoes

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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!


M.E. Clifton-James
as Himself/Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
John Mills
as Major Harvey
Cecil Parker
as Col. Logan
Patrick Allen
as Col. Mathers
Patrick Holt
as Col. Dawson
Leslie Phillips
as Major Tennant
Michael Hordern
as Governor of Gibraltar
Anthony Sagar
as Guard Sergeant
John Gale
as Osborne
James Hayter
as Sgt. Adams
Sidney James
as Porter, YMCA
Michael Bird
as Publican
Brian Weske
as Dispatch Rider
Bill Nagy
as American Captain
Victor Maddern
as Orderly Sergeant
Alfie Bass
as Small Man
Ronald Wilson
as American Driver
David Browning
as Sergeant Driver
John Le Mesurier
as Adjutant R.A.P.C.
Walter Gotell
as German Colonel
MacDonald Parke
as American General
Marne Maitland
as Arab Proprietor
Vera Day
as Angela
Sam Kydd
as Go-Between
Allan Cuthbertson
as Guards Officer
Patrick Connor
as Soldier in Tent
Bryan Forbes
as Young Lt.
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Critic Reviews for I Was Monty's Double

All Critics (4)

Clifton James, an English actor who hoaxed the Germans by impersonating General Montgomery just before the Allied invasion of Europe, does it again in this brisk, funny and entertaining British thriller.

October 21, 2019 | Full Review…

A classic British World War II yarn.

June 6, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

July 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.

September 4, 2010 | Full Review…

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