I Was Monty's Double

I Was Monty's Double

John Guillermin (1958)

U Certificate


Our Score
The Second World War as fought on the pages of popular fiction is littered with doubles planted as decoys to divert the enemy away from a vital theatre of operation. But, as is so often the case, it is the truth that provides the best stories. This drama from director John Guillermin gains credibility not only because the title role is played by General Montgomery's double himself, ME Clifton James, but also because his autobiography has been so skilfully adapted by Bryan Forbes. The result is astute, unassuming and very slick.


Fact-based drama about actor and army officer ME Clifton-James, whose remarkable resemblance to General Montgomery saw him selected for a special assignment during the Second World War. He was trained to imitate the general perfectly, and sent on a tour of North Africa to keep the real Montgomery's whereabouts unknown to the enemy. Clifton-James stars as both himself and Monty, alongside John Mills and Cecil Parker.

Cast & Crew

Major Harvey John Mills
Colonel Logan Cecil Parker
Colonel Matthers Patrick Allen
ME Clifton James M E Clifton James
Colonel Dawson Patrick Holt
Major Tennant Leslie Phillips
Governor of Gibraltar Michael Hordern
Neilson Marius Goring
Hester Barbara Hicks
YMCA porter Sidney James
Orderly Sergeant Victor Maddern
Small man Alfie Bass
Adjutant RAPC John Le Mesurier
Young lieutenant Bryan Forbes
Civilian (end scene) Harry Fowler
Director John Guillermin
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Assoc. British Pathe LtdAvailable on: video and DVD