The Man Who Never Was

The Man Who Never Was

Ronald Neame (1955)

U Certificate


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Hollywood character actor Clifton Webb (Laura, Three Coins in the Fountain) takes the lead role in this intriguing Second World War espionage drama about the real-life plan to fool the Nazis into believing that the Allies had no interest in invading Sicily from North Africa. Webb plays Ewen Montagu, the mastermind behind the scheme, in which a corpse, a British one, is washed ashore with secret papers marking Greece as the invasion site. But the Germans aren't so easily convinced and send Irish agent Stephen Boyd to London to investigate, which naturally enough calls for the presence of a local love interest (Gloria Grahame). Directed efficiently by Ronald Neame and scripted by Nigel Balchin (who won a Bafta for his work), the picture may appear overly reverent by today's standards. But this is still a crucial wartime spy tale that is well worth watching.


Allied forces prepare to invade Europe through Sicily - but to throw their adversaries off their scent, they devise an ingenious and complicated plan to make them believe the invasion will happen somewhere else. Fact-based Second World War drama, starring Clifton Webb, Gloria Grahame, Stephen Boyd, Robert Flemyng and Andre Morell.

Cast & Crew

Lt Cmdr Ewen Montagu Clifton Webb
Lucy Gloria Grahame
O'Reilly Stephen Boyd
George Acres Robert Flemyng
Pam Josephine Griffin
Sir Bernard Spilsbury André Morell
Admiral Cross Laurence Naismith
General Nye Geoffrey Keen
General Coburn Michael Hordern
Taxi Driver Cyril Cusack
Landlady Joan Hickson
Shop assistant Richard Wattis
Larry Terence Longdon
Scientist Miles Malleson
Air Marshal Ewen Montagu
Winston Churchill Peter Sellers
Director Ronald Neame
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd