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The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, War | 17 October 1951 (USA)
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The story of the final years of the respected World War II German general, Erwin Rommel.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

Nunnally Johnson (screenplay), Desmond Young (biography) (as Brigadier Desmond Young M.C.)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Mason ... Field Marshal Erwin Johannes Rommel
Cedric Hardwicke ... Dr. Karl Strolin
Jessica Tandy ... Frau Lucie Marie Rommel
Luther Adler ... Adolf Hitler
Everett Sloane ... Gen. Wilhelm Burgdorf
Leo G. Carroll ... Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt
George Macready ... Gen. Fritz Bayerlein
Richard Boone ... Capt. Hermann Aldinger
Eduard Franz ... Col. Klaus von Stauffenberg
Desmond Young Desmond Young ... Lt. Col. Desmond Young
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This biopic follows Rommel's career after the Afrika Korps, including his work on the defenses of Fortress Europe as well as his part in the assassination attempt on Hitler, and his subsequent suicide. Written by Alfred Jingle

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The vast African desert is aflame with the startling story the world has only guessed at ... never known until now ! See more »

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Biography | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Desert Fox See more »

Filming Locations:

Yuma, Arizona, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Rommel opposed the idea of attempting to assassinate Hitler as he believed it would make the Commander-in-Chief a martyr and also cause a civil war in Germany as the SS would still be in power. It has been alleged he decided Hitler should be assassinated after the Allies had successfully invaded France, but no evidence has been found to support this. See more »

Goofs

When depicting the D-Day invasion at Normandy, landing craft are shown approaching the beach at Iwo Jima. Mt.Surabachi is clearly seen, but the shot has been reversed (numbers on the bows of the landing craft are back to front) to make the location less evident. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Karl Strolin: How do you know this room isn't wired?
Field Marshal Erwin Johannes Rommel: Wired? Why should it be wired?
Dr. Karl Strolin: Does Himmler have to have a reason for wiring a room?
Field Marshal Erwin Johannes Rommel: No, I don't suppose he does. But I don't think you have to worry about this one. Why?
Dr. Karl Strolin: [Places a chair in front of Rommel, and sits down facing him squarely] Because I want to talk to you without being overheard.
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Connections

Spoofed in Desert Foxes (1989) See more »

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The Army Air Corps Song
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Music by Robert Crawford
Heard during the scenes of D-Day and the ensuing battles
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An interesting film
17 March 2010 | by JoeB131See all my reviews

Rommel has always been one of those figures that has gone against the grain of "Axis Evil/Allies Good" in WWII. A solid general who acted honorably and even impressed his enemies. His involvement with the attempt to assassinate Hitler was probably more peripheral than this film made it out to be.

This film tries it best to make Rommel into the elusive "Good German", the guy who knew Hitler was a jerkwad, but still tried to do his duty. The Good German was a myth. Those who turned against Hitler turned against him because Germany was losing the war. BUt it was a useful myth in 1951, when there was an attempt to turn the defeated Axis powers into valued allies. By 1951, Russia was the enemy, Germany was a friend, and a noble German to be praised was a godsend.


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