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Three Came Back (1961)

Then There Were Three (original title)
US Army personnel patrolling through Italy during World War 2, are being killed off by an unknown German agent posing as a fellow soldier.

Director:

Alex Nicol

Writers:

Frank Gregory (screenplay), Allan Lurie (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Barry Cahill Barry Cahill ... Sgt. Travers
Frank Latimore ... Lt. Willotsky
Alex Nicol ... Sam McLease
Fredrick R. Clark Fredrick R. Clark ... Calhoun
Sidney Clute ... Ben Harvey
Brendan Fitzgerald Brendan Fitzgerald
Frank Gregory Frank Gregory ... Harry Miller
Gérard Herter ... German Colonel (as Gerald Herter)
Richard Bull ... American Adjutant
Michael Billingsley Michael Billingsley ... T.I. Ellis
Kurt Polter Kurt Polter ... German NCO
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Attilio Bassetti Attilio Bassetti
Adriana Cola Adriana Cola
Adolfo D'Antoni Adolfo D'Antoni
Sandro D'Antoni Sandro D'Antoni
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Storyline

When an American attack on the German-held town of San Corrado results in the Germans being forced out of the town, they don't have time to take along a top Italian partisan leader they have captured and imprisoned. Fearing that the Americans will turn the man loose to organize more partisan attacks on their forces, the Germans send one of their top agents to infiltrate the town, posing as an American soldier cut off from his unit, and assign him to re-capture the partisan leader and bring him back for interrogation--or, if that's not possible, to kill him. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Taglines:

A Lost Patrol Loving, Fighting and Dying Together - But One is a Nazi Spy!

Genres:

War | Drama

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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I kravgi ton pezonafton See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Alexandra Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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References The Lost Patrol (1934) See more »

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Goodbye Miss Lucy
Music & Lyrics by Frank Gregory
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A war mystery, easily the best one
24 June 2011 | by drystyxSee all my reviews

It's not often you get a "war mystery" film, and of course when you do, you are usually dealing with spies.

In this case, the mystery is about a German spy dressed up as an American soldier during World War II. He has forged papers, and his goal is to make it to a town where a resistance member is kept. This resistance member is a liaison between all the groups, and obviously knows connections to each. He would be a great prize.

We see the command given to the spy, but not his face, and we are then taken to a site where American soldiers have been whittled away from their individual units, and eight join up, including the by the book lieutenant and the veteran sergeant.

This is a top mystery and a top war film. It combines both elements, and it's difficult to say why without spoilers. Suffice to say that the characters are very believable, the action very credible, and the spy is exactly the type of person who would be seen as most successful.

The title lets you know that when they are whittled down to four, they will find the spy (or he will succeed and exit). I don't think it's a spoiler to say that the ones who die before this are given high drama to their deaths, although the first is a wounded man who never lasts long enough for the high drama. With each casualty, our director succeeds in making you feel more and more empathy for them. The last American who dies is given the most tragedy, as we see him to be the possible hero.

This is a lost gem, and easily the best of the war mysteries. Tons better than the blockbuster big budget bits of propaganda that are more famous.


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