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Break to Freedom (1953)
"Albert R.N." (original title)

 -  Drama | War  -  June 1955 (USA)
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When several escapes at an German pow camp go wrong, the prisoners begin to think, that there is an informer revealing their plans to the enemy. Then Lt Ainsworth, an artist in civvie ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Steel ...
Lt. Geoffrey Ainsworth
Jack Warner ...
Capt. Maddox
...
Lt. Jim Reed
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Lt. 'Texas' Norton
Michael Balfour ...
Lt. Henry Adams
Guy Middleton ...
Capt. Barton
Paul Carpenter ...
Lt. Erickson
Moultrie Kelsall ...
Cmdr. Dawson
Eddie Byrne ...
Cmdr. Brennan
Geoffrey Hibbert ...
Lt. Craig
Peter Jones ...
Lt. Browne
Frederick Valk ...
Camp Kommandant
Anton Diffring ...
Capt. Schultz
Frederick Schiller ...
Hermann
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Feldwebel
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When several escapes at an German pow camp go wrong, the prisoners begin to think, that there is an informer revealing their plans to the enemy. Then Lt Ainsworth, an artist in civvie street, invents a model head of a fictious prisoner, who can take the place of an escaper, when the men march back from the bath house, which is situated outside the camp. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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The War's Most Daring P.O.W. Escape

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Drama | War

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When the film was classified by the British Board of Film Censors on 04/09/1953 cuts were needed to achieve the "U" classification. See more »

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Referenced in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet: Home Thoughts from Abroad (1983) See more »

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Home on the Range
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Arranged by Malcolm Arnold
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Solid P.O.W. thriller!
4 February 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

One of the better of the rash of pow camp films that came out of the UK in the late 1950's. The film is set in a Nazi pow camp where a group of Royal Navy prisoners come up with a novel means of escape. They produce a life-like dummy that breaks down into small pieces. Several of the men hide the pieces under their coats when they are marched outside the wire for the weekly shower. Once inside the shower room they put the dummy back together. While one man stays behind the rest march back to camp carrying the dummy between them. The guards take a head count which of course matches the number of prisoners who left earlier. The gag works and the Germans are fooled. Only problem is the escapee is caught and shot. They plan to keep pulling the same trick again till one of them makes good his escape. Director Gilbert keeps this one moving right along while getting the best out of the cast and crew. The prisoners include Anthony Steel, Jack Warner, Robert Beatty and Paul Carpenter. The best role in the film goes to Anton Diffring who does his best Nazi SS officer bit. Diffring made a career out of playing nasty German officers. Well done!

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