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The Wooden Horse (1950)

True story of three British POWs and their attempt to escape from Nazi Germany.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Phil Roe
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John Clinton
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Nick Bennett
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Nigel
Patrick Waddington ...
Group Captain Wardley - Senior British Officer
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Robbie
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Pomfret
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Paul
Dan Cunningham ...
David
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Australian in Hospital
Philip Dale ...
Bill White
Russell Waters ...
'Wings' Cameron
Ralph Ward ...
Adjutant
Franz Schafheitlin ...
Camp Commandant
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Storyline

In a POW camp, the Nazis have placed the huts far from the boundary so that any escape tunnel would have to be a long one. One British officer has the idea of starting a daily gynmastics routine using a vaulting horse: they can place it near the boundary and start a tunnel from under it. He and two others do escape the camp by this means and plan to make for neutral Sweden. To do that, they'll not only have to move around without arousing any suspicions, but also find a stranger from a neutral or occupied country who'll be willing and able to help them. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

16 October 1950 (UK)  »

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Calul de lemn  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits prologue: "It is the constant hope of nearly every prisoner-of-war - if not, indeed, his duty - to escape and rejoin his unit. This film shows how three British officers carried out an actual escape from a German camp in the last war. It was made mostly in Germany and Denmark with the help of the British War Office and Air Ministry and of Danish and German civilians." See more »

Goofs

Whilst the escape is in progress, there is a quick shot of a German guard near the compound fence. His rifle has a British pattern webbing sling; the upper brass buckle can be seen clearly. See more »

Quotes

[Doctor, visiting prisoners in hospital, hears they are listening to music by Beethoven]
Doctor: Ah, Beethoven. He is a good German.
Prisoner: [calls out from the background] Yes. He's dead.
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Connections

Referenced in Swingers' Paradise (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Nymphs and Shepherds
(uncredited)
Composed by Henry Purcell
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Better Than the Great Escape

This unsung quiet gem tells the true story of a POW escape during WW II. The performances are incredible, especially Anthony Steele. The movie works on many different levels: cerebral, emotional, visual, and literal. The dialogue is ingenious and rings very true. In fact, an unusual all-around authenticity puts this one head-and-shoulders above most war epics.


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