The Man Who Never Was
(1956) The Man Who Never Was is the story of Operation Mincemeat, Britain’s 1943 plan to convince Germany that the Allied invasion of Sicily would take place at Greece instead. The movie is based on the 1954 book of the same name by Naval intelligence office Lt. Comdr. Ewan Montagu who actually conceived the deception.
A dead body who appears to be an officer washed up on the coast of Spain. He has attached to him a briefcase of important papers and letters that point to Greece as the target. The Germans have to decide whether he’s for real … or not.
The movie stayed closed to the truth, and according to Wikipedia, Montague said that the parts that were fictitious could have happened even though they didn’t. Clifton Webb played Montagu, and Stephen Boyd plays the German spy who comes to check it all out.
This was an entertaining movie, and I’ll always remember “Operation Mincemeat.”