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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 overview, first billed only:
Patrick Waddington ...
Senior British Officer
Bryan Forbes ...
Dan Cunningham ...
Australian in Hospital
Philip Dale ...
Bill White
Russell Waters ...
'Wings' Cameron
Ralph Ward ...
Franz Schafheitlin ...
Camp Commandant


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)  »

Also Known As:

Campo 111  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Peter: [last lines, on meeting German officers in neutral Sweden] I believe they think we shouldn't be here.
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Referenced in Colors (1988) See more »


Symphony No. 6 in F major,
Pastoral", Op. 68" (uncredited)
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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A tale of two halves, both equalling satisfaction.
4 March 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Playing out as a sort of pre runner to The Great Escape some 13 years later, this smashing little British film plays it straight with no thrills and dare do well overkill. First part of the movie is the set up and subsequent escape of our protagonists, whilst the second part concentrates on their survival whilst on the run as they try to reach Sweden. The film relies on pure characters with simple, effective, and yes, believable dialogue to carry it thru, and it achieves its aims handsomely. No little amount of suspense keeps the film ticking along, and as an adventure story it works perfectly for the time frame it adheres to, so a big thumbs to the film that may well be the first of its type? 7/10

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