The Great Impostor

The Great Impostor

Tony Curtis
Director: Robert Mulligan Cast: Tony Curtis
Tony Curtis
, Edmond O'Brien
Edmond O'Brien
, Arthur O'Connell
Arthur O'Connell
Robert Mulligan


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The Great Impostor is the true story of chameleonlike Canadian Ferdinand Waldo DeMara Jr., well-played by Tony Curtis. Unable to decide what he wants to do with his life, DeMara goes about pretending to be other people, hoping to eventually "find himself." He poses as a Harvard professor, a Trappist monk, a prison warden, and a navy physician, and manages each time to get away with the artifice. The film wavers uncertainly between tense drama and frothy comedy, with comedy finally winning out. Karl Malden co-stars as Father Devlin, the young DeMara's spiritual advisor, while Joan Blackman is the nominal (and hardly visible) heroine. The real Ferdinand DeMara (if indeed there was a real Ferdinand DeMara) can be seen in a supporting role in the 1960 melodrama The Hypnotic Eye.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/28/2014
UPC: 0025192243233
Original Release: 1961
Source: Universal
Time: 1:52:00
Sales rank: 24,348

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tony Curtis Ferdinand Waldo Demara, Jr.
Edmond O'Brien Capt. Glover
Arthur O'Connell Warden Chandler
Gary Merrill Demara Sr.
Joan Blackman Cathy Lacey
Karl Malden Father Devlin
Raymond Massey Abbott Donner
Robert Middleton Brown
Jeanette Nolan Ma Demara
Sue Ane Langdon Eulalie
Larry Gates Cardinal
Mike Kellin Thompson
Frank Gorshin Barney
Cindi Wood WAC Lieutenant
Doodles Weaver Farmer
Ward Ramsey Executive Officer Howard
Philip Ahn Hun Kin
Herbert Rudley Senior Officer
Jerry Paris Defense Lieutenant
Harry Carey Dr. Joseph Mornay
Willard Sage Lt. Thorton
Robert Crawford Demara as a Boy
David White Actor
Dick Sargent Hotchkiss

Technical Credits
Robert Mulligan Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Robert Arthur Producer
Henry Bumstead Art Director
Robert Burks Cinematographer
Julia Heron Set Decoration/Design
Joseph E. Kenny Asst. Director
Frederic Knudtson Editor
Henry Mancini Score Composer
Liam O'Brien Screenwriter
Waldon O. Watson Sound/Sound Designer
Bud Westmore Makeup
Frank H. Wilkinson Sound/Sound Designer

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