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Target Unknown (1951)

Approved | | War, Drama | 11 May 1951 (Finland)
In 1944, an American bomber squadron is tense and discontented from too many missions over France. Luck runs out for Capt. Stevens and his crew; they must bail out and are promptly taken ... See full summary »

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Capt. Jerome 'Steve' Stevens
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Sgt. Al Mitchell
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Col. von Broeck
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Lt. Frank Webster
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Capt. Reiner
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German nurse
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Theresa
Malú Gatica ...
French entertainer (as Malu Gatica)
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Sgt. Ralph Phelps
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Brooklyn
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Jean
Johnny Sands ...
Sgt. Crawford (as John Sands)
Tony Christian ...
Gundlach
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Russ Johnson
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In 1944, an American bomber squadron is tense and discontented from too many missions over France. Luck runs out for Capt. Stevens and his crew; they must bail out and are promptly taken prisoner. Their wily German captors, sensing that they have valuable information unknown even to themselves, use every form of velvet-glove trickery to worm it out of them. Will Stevens discover the danger? If so, what can he do about it? The fate of 100 planes depends on the answer... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Prisoner of War  »

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Remake of a WWII Army Air Force Training film, Resisting Enemy Interrogation (1944). See more »

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Version of Resisting Enemy Interrogation (1944) See more »

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Danse avec Moi
Music by Francis Lopez
Lyrics by André Hornez
Performed by Malú Gatica
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Clever war film
22 March 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I watched the film today . I had no great hopes for it as I had never heard of it.

The Times said So so. On reading the other reports I watched it and was pleasantly surprised how good it was.

It was one of the cleverest war films I have seen because it discussed how the prisoners of war were asked questions.

The German interrogator said "They don't know they know" he followed this up with "There is no such thing as an innocent question and no such thing as a valueless statement"

The point was he was able to piece together from various comments that the prisoners made what was going on and what the next raid might be about. This was even though the prisoners did not know the details of the raids themselves.

A clever idea and well executed.

Also for a US film they did not show the British and French characters as clichés.

Worth watching a few times.


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