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Release Date:
26 September 1942 (USA) See more »
Man alive, just picture this excitement! See more »
When the crew of a downed British bomber escape from their Nazi captors with Top Secret intelligence, they make a desperate journey to get out of Germany alive. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Action-packed Warner Bros hokum See more (35 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Errol Flynn ... Flight Lt. Terrence Forbes

Ronald Reagan ... Flying Officer Johnny Hammond
Nancy Coleman ... Kaethe Brahms

Raymond Massey ... Major Otto Baumeister

Alan Hale ... Flight Sergeant Kirk Edwards

Arthur Kennedy ... Flying Officer Jed Forrest

Ronald Sinclair ... Flight Sergeant Lloyd Hollis
Albert Bassermann ... Dr. Mather (as Albert Basserman)
Sig Ruman ... Preuss
Patrick O'Moore ... Squadron Leader Lane-Ferris
Felix Basch ... Hermann Brahms
Ilka Grüning ... Frau Brahms (as Ilka Gruning)
Elsa Bassermann ... Frau Raeder (as Else Basserman)
Charles Irwin ... Captain Coswick
Richard Fraser ... Squadron Leader Clark
Rudolph Anders ... Kruse (as Robert O. Davis)

Henry Victor ... Heinrich Schwarzmueller
Bruce Lester ... English Officer
Lester Matthews ... Wing Commander
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Alten ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Louis V. Arco ... Feldwebel (Sgt.) Gertz (uncredited)

John Banner ... Conductor on Empty Troop Train (uncredited)
Barry Bernard ... Squadron Commander (uncredited)
Walter Bonn ... Sentry (uncredited)
Sven Hugo Borg ... Mechanic (uncredited)
Walter Brooke ... Flight Sgt. Warwick (uncredited)
Harold Daniels ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Helmut Dantine ... German Co-Pilot (uncredited)
Leslie Denison ... Radio Operator (uncredited)
Carl Ekberg ... Telephone Repairman (uncredited)
Charles Flynn ... Post Sentry (uncredited)
Arno Frey ... Pvt. Trocha (uncredited)
Eugene Gericke ... Polish Saboteur (uncredited)
Frederick Giermann ... German Sergeant (uncredited)
Henry Guttman ... German Soldier (uncredited)

Eddie Hall ... German Soldier Shooting at Lockheed Plane (uncredited)
Carl Harbaugh ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Ludwig Hardt ... Pharmacist (uncredited)
James Harker ... Pilot (uncredited)

William Hopper ... Radio Operator (uncredited)
Kurt Katch ... Hesse (uncredited)
Harry Lewis ... Evans (uncredited)
Rolf Lindau ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Jack Lomas ... Magnus (uncredited)

Frank Mayo ... Decoder (uncredited)
Peter Michael ... German Gunner (uncredited)
Ray Miller ... Gestapo Agent (uncredited)
Rudolf Myzet ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Pat O'Hara ... Plotting Officer (uncredited)
Don Phillips ... Kenton (uncredited)
Otto Reichow ... Pvt. Koenig (uncredited)
Henry Rowland ... German Fighter Pilot (uncredited)

Richard Ryen ... Staadtpoliceman Heinze (uncredited)
Ferdinand Schumann-Heink ... Sentry (uncredited)
Hans Schumm ... Gestapo Agent (uncredited)
Lester Sharpe ... Driver (uncredited)
Rudolf Steinboeck ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ... Gestapo Agent (uncredited)
Sigfrid Tor ... Pvt. Rasek (uncredited)
Philip Van Zandt ... Strolling German Soldier (uncredited)

Roland Varno ... Unteroffizier (uncredited)
Ernö Verebes ... German Sergeant (uncredited)
Frederick Vogeding ... Gestapo Agent (uncredited)
Wilhelm von Brincken ... Gate Sentry (uncredited)
Hans von Morhart ... Gestapo Agent (uncredited)
Hans Heinrich von Twardowski ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Douglas Walton ... British Officer Playing Dice (uncredited)
Rex Williams ... Sgt. Tause (uncredited)
William Yetter Sr. ... Gestapo Agent (uncredited)
Victor Zimmerman ... Capt. Eggerstedt (uncredited)

Directed by
Raoul Walsh 
Writing credits
Arthur T. Horman (original screenplay)

Produced by
Hal B. Wallis .... producer
Jack Saper .... associate producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
Cinematography by
Bert Glennon (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Rudi Fehr (film editor)
Art Direction by
Carl Jules Weyl 
Costume Design by
Milo Anderson (gowns)
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Claude Archer .... assistant director (uncredited)
Russell Saunders .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
C.A. Riggs .... sound
Special Effects by
Edwin B. DuPar .... special effects (as Edwin A. DuPar)
Byron Haskin .... special effects (uncredited)
Nathan Levinson .... special effects (uncredited)
Duke Green .... stunts (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Allen Pomeroy .... stunts (uncredited)
Buster Wiles .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Woody .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestral arrangements
Hugo Friedhofer .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Owen Cathcart-Jones .... technical advisor: R.A.F. sequences (as Squadron Leader O. Cathcart-Jones R.C.A.F.)
Hugh MacMullan .... dialogue director
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture) (presents)
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Additional Details

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107 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

Did You Know?

Ronald Reagan's last film before he joined the military; where, by day he worked on training films in Culver City, California and by night, he didn't have to live on a military base, but, rather go back to the home he owned in Beverly Hills with his, then wife, Jane Wyman.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Hammond drops the bomb from the captured German plane near the end, he tells Forbes that he unloaded it on the battery of guns that had been pasting Dover. In fact, it's obvious that the target shown being blown up consists of wooden buildings, but definitely not gun batteries.See more »
Maj. Otto Baumeister:Your name is?
Flying Officer Johnny Hammond:Johnny Hammond. What's yours?
Maj. Otto Baumeister:Major Otto Bau... you will find that in your position impertinence does not pay.
Flying Officer Johnny Hammond:I didn't join up in this war to make money.
Maj. Otto Baumeister:You are an American?
Flying Officer Johnny Hammond:Half American, half Jersey City.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Raoul Walsh and Errol Flynn (2002) (TV)See more »
Waltzing MatildaSee more »


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18 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Action-packed Warner Bros hokum, 17 May 1999
Author: Shotsy from New Jersey

This is probably the silliest WW2 film made during the war. But if you dismiss that fact, you find yourself enjoying a well-made piece of Hollywood escapism. Everyone in the cast seems to enjoy themselves. Walsh's direction is good and Max Steiner provides a really exciting and stirring score. So who's quibbling?

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