Dir: John Guillermin
Starring: John Mills and Cecil Parker
Prior to the D-Day landings, an actor is hired to imitate Montgomery so as to confuse the Nazis
The screenplay for this war-based drama was adapted from the autobiography of M. E. Clifton James, an actor who pretended to be General Montgomery as a decoy during the Second World War. The film features opening scenes at London Liverpool Street station with John Mills arriving on a train hauled by an ex-LNER B17 Class 4-6-0. The shot has been edited, but the complete out-take appears on Video 125’s Steam on 35mm DVD and reveals the locomotive to be none other than No.61606 Audley End. What is really odd is that the loco was repainted into LNER colours for the film, so if this effort was made, then it seems very strange that the shot was edited in a such a way that the loco was no longer identifiable. In the following scenes shot from the footbridge, the rear of an unknown tank loco can also be viewed, as well as the tender of another loco in an adjacent platform. The later scene filmed onboard a train was very much a studio set, with the ‘back projection’ showing nothing but passing countryside.