The British Army, retreating ahead of victorious Rommel, leaves a lone survivor on the Egyptian border who finds refuge at a remote desert hotel. He is helped by the hotel's owner, despite protest from the French chambermaid, afraid of the imminent arrival of Rommel and the Germans. John assumes the identity of the recently deceased waiter to survive.

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  1. Billy Wilder

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Lajos Biró


  3. Charles Brackett


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  1. Franchot Tone

    Franchot Tone

    Cpl. John J. Bramble / Paul Davos

  2. Anne Baxter

    Anne Baxter


  3. Akim Tamiroff

    Akim Tamiroff


  4. Erich von Stroheim

    Erich von Stroheim

    Field Marshal Erwin Rommel

  5. Peter van Eyck

    Peter van Eyck

    Lt. Schwegler

  6. Fortunio Bonanova

    Fortunio Bonanova

    Gen. Sebastiano

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 36m

Budget $855,000.00

Revenue $1,200,000.00

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  • May 3, 1943



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