The Man Who Never Was (1956) – Encore Review


“Monty, that parachute that didn’t open… Suppose we were to drop a fellow out of a plane over enemy territory, with papers on him saying we were going to invade Greece, and his parachute didn’t open. The Germans would find him dead, and the papers, and “Aha,” they’d say, “Look at this. Officer with secret papers, parachute didn’t open… they’re going to invade Greece.”” – Lieutenant George Acres

Number of Times Seen – Twice (7 Oct 2014 and 8 May 2020)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – In order to try and fool the Axis powers, British Intelligence forms a scheme to give them false information about an impending invasion.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have loved ever since I first saw it a few years ago.

The story is quite clever and they do a wonderful job allowing the story to work on numerous levels.

The pacing is great for a story filled with espionage because we get to see how things are constantly thought thru on both sides.

The film utilizes the characters in a way that they do everything in a very meticulous way which helps make things even more realistic to watch unfold.

They tell this story really well and find ways to keep it all so thrilling throughout.

They have a great cast here led by Clifton Webb, but things are quite powerful due to the story and not the cast.

The plot unfolds in some great ways that keeps things so thrilling and gripping to watch because they are able to allow both sides to remain intelligent which raises the importance of everything that each side does in order to outwit the other side.

They have some amazing twIsts and turns in the story that take things in unexpected directions.

The added act that this film is based on true events enhances watching it all unfold before our eyes.

Bottom Line – Really clever espionage film that works on so many levels. The story plays out so well and the way that they are so meticulous with details helps make things even more realistic in how it all plays out.  The story is told really well and stays so thrilling throughout because of the way it all plays out. The cast is great and Webb is superb in the lead role.  The story moves along at a great pace and constantly keeps things so enjoyable and thrilling to watch because of the way it all unfolds. The twists and turns in the story help move the story in a great direction. The fact that this film is based on true events enhances things even more. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  In this movie, Lieutenant Commander Ewen Montagu (Clifton Webb) selects a man who had died of pneumonia, because the corpse would need to have similarly damaged lungs if it had really drowned. There is also a very emotional scene where the man’s father is persuaded to allow his son to be used for the deception. In fact, a Welsh vagrant, both of whose parents were dead, was used, and his death was due to his committing suicide by ingesting rat poison. It was judged to make it almost impossible to tell that this, rather than drowning, was the real cause of death. The identity of “the man who never was” was a closely guarded secret until 1998, when it was discovered that he was called Glyndwr Michael. His grave in Huelva, Spain (near the beach at Punta Umbria) now uniquely carries both his fictional and real names. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)

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