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Break to Freedom (1953)

Albert, R.N. (original title)
Approved | | Drama, War | June 1955 (USA)
In 1944, at a POW camp in Germany the Allied prisoners use a dummy prop named Albert to fool the German guards and escape.

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Joe Brennan
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Fred Erickson
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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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Break to Freedom  »

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£80,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A fake POW camp was built on Headingley Heath for this production. See more »

Quotes

Texas: Where I come from we don't call any man 'sir'!
Hauptmann Schultz: Here you will obey the regulations.
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Closing credits epilogue: 'ALBERT' was re-created for the screen by John Worsley See more »

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Referenced in Last of the Summer Wine: The Waist Land (1983) See more »

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What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor?
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Excellent, under-appreciated prisoner of war film
17 June 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

ALBERT, R.N. is a very good British WW2 prisoner of war movie which has a story so incredible it must be true. It features an naval officer and his men who are determined to escape from their camp in Germany at any cost, and devise one of the most audacious plans in history to facilitate their freedom. This suspense-packed narrative subsequently follows their adventures with many highs and lows along the way.

I've always loved a good prison film and this one offers something a little different; the prisoners are actually well taken care of and have plenty of camaraderie in their living quarters. Nonetheless the escape attempts are enthralling and often jaw-dropping in the way the simplicity of the thing works so well - you can't believe what you're seeing.

I also like the way that the writers take the time to develop the individual characters to more than just walking stereotypes. Anthony Steel is particularly good as the conflicted newcomer, but he's given fine support by Jack Warner as the friendly captain. Anton Diffring has one of his best early roles as a ruthless and mercenary German officer. In support, the viewer is treated to the likes of Eddie Byrne, Michael Balfour, William Sylvester, and Paul Carpenter, all of whom are very fine in their parts. ALBERT, R.N. is something of a forgotten classic of its type and a film that more than holds its own against the bigger budget Hollywood tales.


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