The Desert Fox

The Desert Fox

Henry Hathaway (1951)

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Twentieth Century-Fox here casts James Mason - an actor who will be remembered for playing charming villains - as Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, who was known as a professional soldier rather than a Nazi sadist. Filmed not in North Africa but Borrego Springs, California, the film begins as a wartime adventure, then turns into a study of disenchantment as Rommel, beaten by Montgomery's 8th Army, returns to Germany and joins the plot against Hitler. There's a good supporting cast - notably Jessica Tandy as Frau Rommel and Luther Adler as Hitler - and Henry Hathaway directs with solid assurance. Mason was prevailed upon to reprise his role in the sequel, The Desert Rats.


German commander Rommel falls out of favour with Hitler following his defeat at El Alamein. On returning to his homeland, he is torn between his oath of loyalty and lack of faith in the Fuehrer's unstable leadership, prompting him to become involved in an assassination plot. Second World War drama, starring James Mason, Jessica Tandy, Cedric Hardwicke, Leo G Carroll and Luther Adler.

Cast & Crew

Erwin Rommel James Mason
Dr Karl Strolin Cedric Hardwicke
Lucie Rommel Jessica Tandy
Adolf Hitler Luther Adler
General Burgdorf Everett Sloane
Field Marshal Von Rundstedt Leo G Carroll
General Fritz Bayerlein George Macready
Aldinger Richard Boone
Desmond Young Desmond Young
Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg Eduard Franz
Manfred Rommel William Reynolds
Narrator Michael Rennie
Director Henry Hathaway
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Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video and DVD