"The Who Never Was” (1956) stars Clifton Webb. It is an interesting story about British military spying during WWII. The sotry is apparently based on actual events. Lieutenant Commander Ewen Montagu (Clifton Webb) finds himself with the challenging and somewhat nasty job of attracting the attention of the German High Command away from the Allies plan to invade the continent. The British decide to do this through planting misinformation on a dead body which the Germans find washed up on shore. Montagu and his team are determined in their efforts to serve the national interest.
In contrast, the cost of the war is also shown in terms of personal loss. This is depicted through seeing the grieving father of the dead man whose body is used for the trick. We also meet and the girlfriend (Gloria Greene) who is told by military officials that her beloved is dead. Though it is perhaps not the greatest spy thriller every made, I find this film to be interesting enough to watch again. The fictionalized account of actual spy stuff certainly makes this movie of historical interest for WWII film buffs.
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See the TVO SNAM preview for “The Man Who Never Was” (1956)
Catch the video trailer for the opening credits of “The Man Who Never Was” 1956. I believe that the dramatic reading in the opening is from a poem by H.G. Wells.