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The Captive Heart (1946) Poster

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Michael Redgrave (Captain Karel Hasek) and Rachel Kempson (Celia Mitchell) were married from 1935 until his death in 1985.
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The 1953 U.S. reissue title was "Captive Camp 23."
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Some of the actors, including Derek Bond and Sam Kydd, had actually been POWs during World War II.
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Film debut of Larry Taylor.
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Considered to be the first WWII POW prisoner-of-war film.
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Co-writer Guy Morgan actually was a prisoner of war in the German prison camp of Marlag und Milag Nord where parts of the film were shot.
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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.
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The film's original title was "Lover's Meeting" but novelist Eleanor Smith intervened with the threat of litigation as she had already published a novel with that title. The two properties couldn't be more different but as Smith was on her deathbed, producer Michael Balcon felt obligated to come up with a new title.
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Jack Warner's first film for Ealing Studios.
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The 2016 digital restoration was funded by StudioCanal in collaboration with the British Film Institute's "Unlocking Film Heritage" digitalization program, which is part funded by the UK's National Lottery.
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The Marlag und Milag Nord prisoner of war camp, where the film is set and much of it was filmed, was located in the north of Germany, about 30 kms from Bremen. After the German surrender, it was used to house German prisoners of war and then later female refugees. In the 1960s it was a base for a Luftwaffe division of the German army but today it is a business park.
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