Five Graves to Cairo

TitleFive Graves to Cairo
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1943
AuthorsWilder, Billy
Running Time1h 36min
Date Released05/04/1943
DistributorParamount Pictures
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish

Five Graves to Cairo is a 1943 war film directed by Billy Wilder. Set in World War II, it is one of a number of films based on Lajos Bíró's 1917 play Hotel Imperial: Színmű négy felvonásban, including the 1927 film Hotel Imperial. Corporal John Bramble is the sole survivor of a British tank crew after Erwin Rommel and his Afrika Korps capture Tobruk in June 1942 and pursue the British into Egypt. After wandering through the desert, Bramble finds a remote hotel. He stumbles across the North African desert into the town of Sidi Halfaya, where he finds a small, isolated hotel. The only other employee is the French chambermaid Mouche (Anne Baxter), as the cook fled with the British and the waiter was killed the night before by German bombing. When the swiftly advancing Germans take over the hotel to use as headquarters for Field Marshal Rommel and his staff, Bramble assumes a false identity, that of the deceased waiter who was actually a German spy. In keeping up his covier, Bramble discovers other secrets that can shift the course of the war in Egypt in Britain's favor.

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