Three times Oscar nominated Clifton Webb, Robert Flemying and Oscar winner Gloria Grahame star in this highly acclaimed 1956 British war film, based on an incredible true story.
In 1943, two intelligence officers from the Royal Navy (Clifton Webb, Robert Flemying) attempt to pull off the most daring espionage mission of the Second World War. The Allies are about to invade Sicily - but the Germans must be convinced that their real target is Greece.
A briefcase containing plans for the fake invasion is attached to a body dressed as a British major and given an elaborate false identity. The 'man who never was' is then left at sea for the Germans to find. However, Nazi intelligence believes that the find may be just too good to be true - and a desperate cat-and-mouse game begins in the heart of war torn London...
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"The Man Who Never Was" remains one of the most enduring World War II espionage movies of all time, focusing on the true story of 'Major William Martin' and the thousands of lives he saved as the war effort moved to pin Hitler down during his march through Europe. Having grown up with the movie on poor VHS recordings and later an imported DVD release, I was keen to see how the Blu-Ray transfer would measure up and pleased to say, it is superb. While not every bit of grain has been removed, you wouldn't want that anyway, what has been achieved however is an improvement of colour, depth, tone and overall flavour of the piece that clearly defines the studio and outdoor sequences (the studio shots look glorious). There isn't much in the way of special features but, if you know the movie and its jaded 'release' history then you'll know that the fact this overlooked gem has finally been given the Blu-Ray treatment is a special feature in itself. As enjoyable as the first time I saw it, the Blu-Ray release is definitely worthwhile if you has this on DVD already, I found the sound and picture quality to be well worthy of the modest price tag.
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