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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
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 ...


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

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


Drama | War


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June 1955 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


Spoofed in Chicken Run (2000) See more »


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Music by Kenneth Alford
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One more POW film, and rare too.

British film movie industry had a speciality, during the fifties and also a bit in the sixties, that was war films, especially POW features. Films about escapes from POW camps. Americans made the two GREAT ESCAPE and STALAG 17. But the British made more than that. I saw many POW movies from UK. I don't remember them all, except A TOWN LIKE ALICE and KING RAT. But, I repeat, there were many many more. Do not forget that the British soldiers, during WW2, were, for most of them, prisoners by the Nazis. So...

I won't add much to the previous comment, except that the terrific Anton Diffring character is named Schlutz. That sounds familiar to me. Maybe I am wrong, but I think of the famous TV show STALAG 13 - aka PAPA SHULTZ in french title - that spoke about POW guys, in a comedy TV series. The warden of the POW camp also named Schultz. But this character had nothing to do with the evil one played here by the magnificent villain Diffring.

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