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The Captive Heart (1946)

Approved | | War, Drama | 29 April 1946 (UK)
In 1940, a concentration-camp escapee assumes the identity of a dead British officer, only to become a prisoner of war.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Frederick Leister ...
Mr. Mowbray
Mervyn Johns ...
Pte. Evans
Rachel Thomas ...
Mrs. Evans
Jack Warner ...
Cpl. Horsfall
Gladys Henson ...
Mrs. Horsfall
James Harcourt ...
Doctor
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Lieut. Lennox
Elliott Mason ...
Mrs. Lennox (as Elliot Mason)
Margot Fitzsimons ...
Elspeth McDougall
David Keir ...
Mr. McDougall
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Lieut.Harley
Jane Barrett ...
Caroline Harley
Meriel Forbes ...
Beryl Curtiss
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Storyline

After the evacuation at Dunkirk, June 1940, some thousands of British prisoners are sent to German P.O.W. camps. One such group includes "Capt. Geoffrey Mitchell," a concentration-camp escapee who assumed the identity of a dead British officer. To avoid exposure, "Mitchell" must correspond with the dead man's estranged wife Celia. But eventual exposure seems certain, and the men must find a way to get him out. If he reaches England, though, what will his reception be? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Would you forge love letters to save your life?

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War | Drama

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29 April 1946 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Corazón cautivo  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Michael Balcon was interested in telling a story about the British prisoner of war experience as his wife, Aileen, was a Red Cross nurse who had dealt with repatriating POWs at the end of the war. See more »

Goofs

(at around 7 mins) The column of marching POWs (presumably this is 1940) are passed by a group of what are supposed to be Tiger tanks. The Tiger tank did not appear until 1942. See more »

Quotes

The Chaplain: [awaits news about his prospective eye operation. Sits up as he hears the Padre come out of a room with a German doctor] Well, lad, it's me again.
Lt. David Lennox: Yes, Padre?
The Chaplain: David... They can't operate.
Lt. David Lennox: [stunned] Not... ever?
The Chaplain: No, David.
Lt. David Lennox: I won't ever see again?
[gets upset]
Lt. David Lennox: I don't believe it. It's that German doctor! When I get back to Scotland...
The Chaplain: No! David, it's no use. You've got to face it.
Lt. David Lennox: I'll not need this any more.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: This film is based on fact but the characters are fictitious. Any similarity to any name or individual is coincidental. See more »


Soundtracks

All Through The Night
("Ar Hyd Y Nos", Welsh title) (uncredited)
Traditional Welsh folksong; Welsh lyrics were written by John Ceiriog Hughes, English lyrics by Harry Boulton
Sung by the camp choir
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Stiff upper lips at a German prison camp.
21 October 2000 | by (Surrey, England) – See all my reviews

When I started watching this rarely seen film I didn't expect much. It received mild reviews in a television listings magazine and it was on during early weekday afternoon on C4. However, it turned out to be a remarkably touching film and a real tear jerker! It tells a story of a bunch of British soldiers at a prison camp in Germany and the best part is, that there is no token American! The story is told by mixing skillfully pre- war flashbacks, everyday camp life and home front events. Each part adds to the whole and keeps you glued to your seat until the end. The film crew shot this in 1946 at a real prison camp so the art direction is realist throughout.


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