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Five Graves to Cairo (1943) was a War - Thriller/Suspense Film directed by Billy Wilder and produced by Charles Brackett.

Academy Awards 1943 --- Ceremony Number 16 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Hans Dreier, Ernst Fegte; Interior Decoration: Bertram GrangerNominated
Best CinematographyJohn SeitzNominated
Best Film EditingDoane HarrisonNominated
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Five Graves to Cairo

By Amanda Garrett on Apr 22, 2017 From Old Hollywood Films

Today I'm reviewing the World War II thriller, Five Graves to Cairo (1943), starring Franchot Tone, Anne Baxter, and Erich von Stroheim. This article is part of The Franchot Tone Blogathon hosted by Finding Franchot. Old Hollywood leading man Franchot Tone had one of his best roles in the World... Read full article


Five Graves to Cairo (1943)

By Beatrice on Sep 19, 2014 From Flickers in Time

Five Graves to Cairo Directed by Billy Wilder Written by Billy Wilder and Charles?Brackett based on the Lajos Bir? play Hotel Imperial 1943/USA Paramount Pictures Repeat viewing/TCM DVD Billy Wilder’s second directorial effort has little of his characteristic humor or cynicism. ?It is, ho... Read full article


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Field Marshal Rommel: [to Mouche, as she serves him coffee in bed] Your hands are neat - why isn't the spoon?


Mouche: I'm not afraid of generals...
Lt. Schwegler: You're not?
Mouche: ...it's lieutenants I'm afraid of.


Field Marshal Rommel: [to the British officer-prisoners] I gave you 20 questions, gentlemen. That is question 21.


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This movie predominantly takes place in a fictitious village called Sidi Halfaya but the production originally wanted to set it in the town of Sidi Barani, an Egyptian town which was a location of actual Word War II combat. Sidi Barani was captured by Nazi German Erwin Rommel's Afrika Corps in 1941 and then taken back by the British Army in 1942.
This was the third filmed adaptation of Lajos BirĂ³'s play "Hotel Imperial", made previously only four years earlier with Hotel Imperial and sixteen years prior with Hotel Imperial. An earlier film production of this play to be filmed as I Loved a Soldier was canceled. Hotel Sahara was not an adaption of this play.
Leonard Rubinstein in his book 'The Great Spy Films' writes that the scriptwriter and associate producer of this movie Charles Brackett commented on this film after seeing it several years after it was made. Brackett said that the movie had left him with "the dreadful smell of propaganda."
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