The James Mason Blogathon – The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951)

This is the first of 2 posts dedicated to The James Mason Blogathon being held over at Maddy Loves Her Classic Films.

Tnx Maddy for letting me take part!

“[It’s] too late for me. I’m seventy now – too old to fight, too old to challenge authority, however evil… but not too old, however, to wish you and your friends the best of luck in their extremely interesting enterprise.” – Field Marshal Gerd von Runstedt

Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Oct 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Biography of one of Germany’s best military commanders, Field Marshall Erwin Rommel.

My Take on it – This is a great biopic of the life, career and nature of one of the most feared military adversaries  of the allies during World War II.

Rommel was a militarily genius and one of the best tacticians when it came to warfare.

Jason Mason plays the lead role and this film and does a great job of capturing the calm nature of this military commander as he does his best despite the deficiencies of the commanders above him and the decisions they would make.

We can easily fear his constant bouts with his conscious as he must follow orders that he himself doesn’t always believe in.

Really enjoyed the way that they portray the character especially since we get to see how those men who fought against him constantly are shown admiring the chivalrous nature of this great military commander.

Bottom Line – Excellent biopic that shows us the nature of one of the allies most decisive adversaries who was a genius when it came to tactics and troop movements.  Mason is great in the lead role and is able to show the calm nature of this man who did his best with what he had while dealing with his own conscience the entire time.  Liked the way that they portray the character here especially since even those who fought against Rommel, always admired the chivalrous nature of this man. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Apparently, Erwin Rommel’s widow, Lucie Marie Rommel acted as a technical consultant and adviser to this movie. She was played by Jessica Tandy in the film itself. Mrs. Rommel lent the production some of her husband’s personal artifacts and liaised with Nunnally Johnson, the film’s producer and screenwriter. As Frau Lucie Maria Rommel, Mrs Rommel later also acted as a military consultant to the film The Longest Day (1962) made by 20th Century-Fox, the same studio that produced this movie. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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5 thoughts on “The James Mason Blogathon – The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951)

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  2. Excellent film. I think this is one of his best performances. I really like how he captures how torn Rommel is between doing his duty and doing what is morally right.


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