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Arthur T. Horman (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
26 September 1942 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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(5 articles)
User Reviews:
"Now for Australia & a crack at those Japs!" See more (32 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Errol Flynn ... Flight Lt. Terrence 'Terry' 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 
 
Film Editing by
Rudi Fehr 
 
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)
 
Stunts
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 .... orchestrator
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


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Runtime:
107 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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Trivia:
When Ronald Reagan's character is awakened, he complains that in his dream he had a date with Ann Sheridan. Reagan had played opposite Sheridan three teams including his two previous features, "Juke Girl" and "Kings Row."See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Early in the movie as the crew is going through their pre-flight checklist the pilot tells the co-pilot to start the port outboard engine. The scene shifts to see the starboard inboard engine being started.See more »
Quotes:
Maj. Otto Baumeister:We have decent instincts, but we have also an iron fist!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Shadows (1959)See more »
Soundtrack:
God Save the King!See more »

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23 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
"Now for Australia & a crack at those Japs!", 10 September 2000

In this exhilarating adventure five POWs in Nazi Germany fight their way back to freedom...

Errol Flynn plays a downed RAF pilot making his journey through enemy territory disguised as a German officer... In addition to evading capture he manages with his crew, a Scottish veteran of World War I, Alan Hale; a Canadian navigator, Arthur Kennedy; an American Ronald Reagan and a young Englishman Ronald Sinclair, to blow up a secret chemical plant and steal a German bomber from a Messerschmitt factory...

The film (with exciting music by Max Steiner) ends with Flynn leading an RAF assault on the airplane factory after various acts of sabotage & violent conflict, aided and inspired by an anti-Nazi German family headed by a pleasant doctor (Albert Basserman) & his sweet daughter (Nancy Coleman).

The best scene comes early in the picture, when a Nazi Major (Raymond Massey) after having questioned the captured RAF crew, calls for a private interview with Reagan, thinking he will agree to reveal what he knows about the new RAF bomber engines, and recites easily an impressive number of facts about the component parts--all nonsense... Once he has the major's rapt attention, he punches him on the jaw, knocking him out and then help himself to the major's breakfast...

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