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
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Filming was hampered by bad weather, indecision over the ending and other delays. This contributed to the film going significantly over budget. By the time the ending was to be shot, director Jack Lee had left the project so producer Ian Dalrymple completed it. See more
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
[last lines, on meeting German officers in neutral Sweden
I believe they think we shouldn't be here.
Referenced in Colors
Symphony No. 6 in F major,
Pastoral", Op. 68" (uncredited)
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven See more