Prisoner of War (1954)

Approved  |   |  Drama, War  |  4 May 1954 (USA)
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An American army officer, troubled by reports of brutality, volunteers to investigate conditions inside North Korean POW camps. He parachutes behind enemy lines and infiltrates a group of ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Webb Sloane
Cpl. Joseph Robert Stanton
Jesse Treadman
Oskar Homolka ...
Col. Nikita I. Biroshilov (as Oscar Homolka)
Francis Aloysius Belney
Capt. Jack Hodges
Maj. O.D. Hale
Stephen Bekassy ...
Lt. Georgi M. Robovnik
Leonard Strong ...
Col. Kim Doo Yi
Merton Tollivar
Weaver Levy ...
Red Guard
Rollin Moriyama ...
Capt. Lang Hyun Choi
Ike Jones ...
Benjamin Julesberg
Clarence Lung ...
MVD Officer
Axel Horstrom


An American army officer, troubled by reports of brutality, volunteers to investigate conditions inside North Korean POW camps. He parachutes behind enemy lines and infiltrates a group of G.I.s being marched to one of these camps. There, he witnesses scenes of G.I.s being brainwashed, beaten, subjected to mock executions, deprived of food and water, and tortured in a variety of ways under the supervision of a Russian colonel. While reaction to this treatment varies, the officer is heartened to learn that American soldiers are still a courageous and enduring force. Written by dinky-4

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THE NAKED TRUTH ABOUT LIFE IN THE P.O.W. CAMPS! (original print ad - all caps)


Drama | War






Release Date:

4 May 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Prisonnier de guerre  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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No female is seen or heard in this movie. See more »


Col. Nikita I. Biroshilov: Where does your family live now?
Cpl. Joseph Robert Stanton: In Hollywood with my brothers Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy and my sisters Esther Williams and Janey Powell.
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Referenced in Heartburn (1986) See more »

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Not one of Hollywood's more accurate portrayals
25 August 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I was able to hang in for only the first twenty minutes of this low-budget movie. The most glaring absurdity was that while the American inmates in a North Korean POW camp are all supposedly suffering from severe deprivation of food and medicine, going without bathing, shivering in flimsy and filthy parkas, and sleeping on bare floors, and - let's not forget enduring torture - they always manage to sport impeccably coiffed hair. With the exception of a suitably austere-looking Harry Morgan as an army Major, the casting and acting are simply awful. Ronald Regan cannot seem to stick to portraying a single character and instead creates a rather schizophrenic amalgam of past roles. A mostly Caucasian cast portraying the North Korean camp officers might have been forgivable, but when supposedly Russian officers acting as advisors to the Koreans strut around wearing re-badged Nazi uniforms complete with jodhpurs and jackboots (obvious costume-department recycles from WWII flicks) and speaking with accents like General Burkhalter from Hogan's Heroes, well, that's just six kinds of silly. Don't waste your time on this one.

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