Target Unknown (1951)

Approved  |   |  War, Drama  |  11 May 1951 (Finland)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Capt. Jerome 'Steve' Stevens
Sgt. Al Mitchell
Robert Douglas ...
Col. von Broeck
Don Taylor ...
Lt. Frank Webster
Capt. Reiner
Joyce Holden ...
German nurse
Suzanne Dalbert ...
Malú Gatica ...
French entertainer (as Malu Gatica)
Sgt. Ralph Phelps
Steven Geray ...
Johnny Sands ...
Sgt. Crawford (as John Sands)
Tony Christian ...
James Young ...
Russ Johnson


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 <>

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Release Date:

11 May 1951 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Prisoner of War  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Remake of a WWII Army Air Force Training film, Resisting Enemy Interrogation (1944). See more »


Version of Resisting Enemy Interrogation (1944) See more »


Written by Francis Lopez (as Francis López) and Andre Harvey
Performed by Malu Gatica
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Based on Army Training Film
1 October 2005 | by (london) – See all my reviews

As one previous reviewer briefly mentioned this is based on an army training film.The film was made in 1944 by the First Motion Picture Unit of the Army Film Unit and called "Resisting Enemy Interrogation"(REI)The main difference between the two films is that the beginning and end are completely different.REI was a training film and it ended with a lecture from Lloyd Nolan.After being told that the raid had been a disaster he spends the last 5 minutes telling his audience"NEVER TALK".In this film there is about half an hour of daring do with a more positive outcome clearly more appropriate to a post war film.However for the time when the airmen are captive this film borrows almost in its entirety the script of REI.If you have a video/DVD machine then you can do what i did.Run one sequence of REI and then one sequence of this film.The words i assure you are identical.What i find most intriguing is the proposition that captured airmen could be falling for the tricks highlighted in this film and in REI.Were the crew so naive and where the Germans so sophisticated and urbane and clever?

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