Clark Gable stars in a wartime espionage drama which has as many thrills as surprises. It is based on the controversy which still rages about whether the Allied paratroop assault at Arnhem during WWII was betrayed.
Lana Turner is Carla Van Oven, the Secret Service worker suspected of giving information to the enemy, while Victor Mature is a freelance Resistance leader (‘The Scarf’) whose methods are sometimes unorthodox.
The film was shot on location in the Netherlands amid some delightful Dutch Delft settings.
Gable – starring as Dutch army officer Colonel Pieter Deventer who has escaped the Gestapo to help the British in the war against the Germans – was 53 when he made this film, and to the Dutch locals, he was a superstar. During shooting in a small Dutch town, director Gottfried Reinhardt asked for 800 extras. Three thousand turned up, most of them just to catch a glimpse of Gable.
Colonel Pieter Deventer
Carla Van Oven
General Ten Eyck
Colonel Helmuth Dietrich
General Charles Larraby
Captain Jackie Lawson
The Scarf’s Mother
Captain Von Stanger