The Desert Fox

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Released 1951

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Director:
Henry Hathaway
Released:
1951
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The Desert Fox is the story of famed German Field-Marshal Erwin Rommel (James Mason) and his exploits during World War II, but it concentrates on his part in the "Generals' Plot", a conspiracy to assassinate Adolf Hitler. When this plot failed, Rommel had two choices - he could either face trial and endanger his family or commit suicide. He chose the latter option - something which was concealed from the public until after the end of the war.

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      • Rommel's son Manfred was in reality somewhat younger than he is depicted as being in this film. At the time of his father's death in 1944, Manfred Rommel was sixteen years old. He died in 2013.

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      • This film is adapted from the best-selling non-fiction book by Desmond Young. Young was a British officer captured by Rommel in the Western Desert, and had briefly met the famous soldier, who had shown him an unexpected courtesy. Young's biography had caused a sensation by revealing that Rommel's death had actually been by suicide as a result of his being caught out as a member of the General's Plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. In this film, the real Desmond Young appears briefly as himself, but is dubbed by an uncredited Michael Rennie, who also provides the narration.

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