An unknown Music Hall actor takes centre stage posing as General Bernard Law Montgomery. Phil Jarman reviews the entertaining and often humorous film, ‘I Was Monty’s Double’.


Following his wartime exploits as an entertainer and Pay Corps Officer, Meryck Clifton James returned to post-war obscurity until, in 1954, he published his revealing memoirs. In his remarkable translation of the true-life events that took place in the run-up to D-Day in the spring of 1944, the actor revealed his part in the war-defining successful invasion of Normandy on 6 June.

As nearly a decade had passed since the conclusion of the Second World War this incredible story was no longer a threat to security, allowing actor and writer Bryan Forbes to use the memoirs as the basis for his screenplay. Forbes, who also went on to become an accomplished director incidentally occupies a small role in the concluding scenes of this wartime drama. This black and white and typically celebratory film of the post war years was directed by John Guillerman, who went on to create box office hits such as ‘The Towering Inferno’ and ‘The Blue Max’.

Throughout the conflict, British Intelligence had been at the centre of sev…

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