Today: February 22, 2024

I Was Monty’s Double

Arguably no-one made better war films than the British in that golden era, in the 50s and 60s, when the UK still had vibrant movie industry who were willing tell stories about more than posh folk or East End gangsters. Neither jingoistic, nor overly bloody, these stories focussed on the people behind the conflict, and the inspiring, weird, and often downright crazy things they were obliged to do for king and country.

I Was Monty’s Double (1958) is one of those glorious tales, telling the story of how, in the lead up to D-Day, an out of work actor was recruited to impersonate General Montgomery as a decoy to mislead the Germans. Initially doubtful that he can carry off the role of his life, M.E. Clifton-James—who plays himself—eventually becomes so successful in the role that a team of German commandos are sent to kidnap him!

While, amazingly Clifton-James still only gets second billing behind John Mills, this is his story and it’s told with charm and modesty. 

Whether you’re a lover of war-films, or not, if you’ve somehow missed this gem, then StudioCanal’s brand new restoration—complete with all-new extras—is definitely one you should add to your classic film collection.

Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email: writerpaula@icloud.com

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