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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Would you forge love letters to save your life?
Did You Know?
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
(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
Pvt. Don Evans
[writing a letter home
How do you spell "sufficient"?
Cpl. Ted Horsfall
Same as a Sergeant-Major's blessing. Two "f"'s and one "c".
Opening credits: This film is based on fact but the characters are fictitious. Any similarity to any name or individual is coincidental. See more
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