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Release Date:
January 1945 (USA) See more »
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A downed American bomber crew quickly falls prey to the clever interrogation techniques of the Germans in this dramatic training film. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Well-done drama masquerading as "training film" See more (8 total) »

Cast

  (in alphabetical order)
Louis Adlon ... Maj. Franz Kohmer (uncredited)

Rand Brooks ... Pilot (uncredited)
Frederic Brunn ... German Yard Guard (uncredited)
George Dolenz ... Capt. Volbricht (uncredited)

Poldi Dur ... Nazi Nurse (uncredited)
Carl Esmond ... Maj. von Behn - Nazi Commandant (uncredited)
Steven Geray ... Dr. Victor Münz - Camp Doctor (uncredited)

Arthur Kennedy ... Sgt. Alfred Mason (uncredited)
Sam Locke ... Nazi (uncredited)

Lloyd Nolan ... USAF Debriefing Officer / Narrator (uncredited)
George O'Hanlon ... American Pilot at Headquarters (uncredited)
Don Porter ... Lt. Frank L. Williams, Jr. - American Co-pilot (uncredited)
Otto Reichow ... German Prison Guard (uncredited)
Henry Rowland ... German Sgt. Renser (uncredited)
Hans Schumm ... German Guard (uncredited)
James Seay ... Capt. James Spencer (uncredited)
Kent Smith ... Capt. Reining - American Working for the Nazis (uncredited)
Craig Stevens ... B-26 Pilot (uncredited)
Charles Tannen ... Sgt. Freulich - German Prison Plant (uncredited)

Mel Tormé ... American Pilot (uncredited)

Peter van Eyck ... Capt. Granach - Young Nazi Officer (uncredited)
Hans Heinrich von Twardowski ... Herr Mahler - German Red Cross Representative (uncredited)
Max Wilk ... Nazi (uncredited)

Directed by
Bernard Vorhaus (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Harold Medford  uncredited

Produced by
Ronald Reagan .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Rose (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
70 min | USA:66 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Quotes:
Major von Behn - Nazi Commandant:Just as there is no such thing as an innocent question, there is no such thing as a valueless statement.See more »
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Version of Target Unknown (1951)See more »

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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Well-done drama masquerading as "training film", 26 May 2003
Author: coltrane679 from South Florida

Thanks to TCM for giving us an opportunity to see this gem. Made by the Army Air Force's famous First Movie Unit well into the war (1944), this is one of their most polished efforts. It has a simple, but effective narrative: a US air crew of 5 is downed by the Nazis, who use every trick in the book (short of torture) to pump information out of them: ingratiation, intimidation, deceit and psychological welfare. None of the downed fliers means to co-operate with the enemy, but each in his own way contributes some information to their clever Nazis captors, which is then pieced together by the Nazi commanding officer, somewhat flamboyantly portrayed by Carl Esmond. The consequences are disaster.

The point of the film as a training device (forcefully driven home by Lloyd Nolan in the closing sequence) was that ANY information, no matter how innocent or trivial seeming on its face, could complete the jigsaw puzzle for Nazi intelligence services. All that should EVER be revealed to ANYONE outside your own crew once you were captured was name, rank and serial number. A simple lesson, you would suppose, but for 70 minutes (rather lengthy by the genre's standards, I think) the point is expertly honed by a fairly effective little drama.

In addition to Nolan, the other "big name" actor here is a young Arthur Kennedy, who appeared in many excellent films over the following quarter century.

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