Five Graves to Cairo

Five Graves to Cairo

Directed by Billy Wilder • 1943 • United States
Starring Franchot Tone, Anne Baxter, Akim Tamiroff

The second film that Billy Wilder directed in Hollywood is a crackling World War II espionage thriller in which a British officer (Franchot Tone) stranded in Libya assumes the identity of a dead waiter in order to trick Erwin Rommel (legendary director-actor Erich von Stroheim, in one of his many memorable villain roles) into revealing the secret locations of the Nazis’ desert supplies. But an unsympathetic chambermaid (Anne Baxter) and the discovery of the dead waiter’s body threaten his mission, setting the stage for an action-packed desert adventure.

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Five Graves to Cairo
  • Five Graves to Cairo

    Directed by Billy Wilder • 1943 • United States
    Starring Franchot Tone, Anne Baxter, Akim Tamiroff

    The second film that Billy Wilder directed in Hollywood is a crackling World War II espionage thriller in which a British officer (Franchot Tone) stranded in Libya assumes the identity of a dead wa...