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The One That Got Away (1957)

A cocky German flight officer is shot down over England and makes numerous attempts to escape to fight again.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Franz Von Werra (as Hardy Kruger)
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Army Interrogator
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R.A.F. Interrogator
Terence Alexander ...
R.A.F. Intelligence Officer
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Commandant, Grizedale
Andrew Faulds ...
Lieutenant, Grizedale
Julian Somers ...
Booking Clerk
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Duty Officer, Hucknall
Harry Lockart ...
German Prisoner
Robert Crewdson ...
German Prisoner
George Mikell ...
German Prisoner
George Roubicek ...
German Prisoner
John Van Eyssen ...
German Prisoner
Frederick Jaeger ...
German Prisoner
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German Prisoner
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This is the true story of Oberleutnant Franz von Werra, the only German prisoner of war to escape from imprisonment in Britain during the Second World War. Written by Patrick Dominick <p-dominick@adfa.oz.au>

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He was daring, defiant and determined to escape. See more »

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Adventure | Drama | War

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22 November 1957 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Einer kam durch  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.75: 1
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Trivia

Hardy Krüger was only cast after a couple of British A list actors had passed. See more »

Goofs

When Von Werra crash lands, the cockpit canopy hood on the BF-109 mock-up is hinged on the port side and he exits on the starboard side. All actual BF-109's were the opposite; the cockpit canopy hood being hinged on the starboard side with the pilot entering/exiting on the port side. See more »

Quotes

Army Interrogator: [Talking on phone about von Werra] All the routine jargon, of course, but he doesn't believe a word of it. It just happens to suit his own book.
RAF Interrogator: [Voice on phone] Is he a keen party member?
Army Interrogator: No, sir, the only thing von Werra believes in is von Werra, a mixture of bombast and sheer nerve.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: SEPTEMBER 5th 1940 WINCHET HILL, KENT. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Doing Time (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Auf, auf zum fröhlichen Tagen
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an excellent accurate film on German Pilot Von Werra
21 September 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Had this film on VHS tape, and it's quality was so-so. Just bought the new MGM DVD of The One That Got Away and it's a great improvement. The opening scene of Von Werra crashing his Me-109 was re-created real well. The side marking are just like in the old war photos. One small blooper on the full size crash mock-up of the Me-109: Von Werra opens the canopy and gets out...on the right side. All Me-109 canopies were hinged on the right side, forcing the pilot to get out on the left side. On a historical note, the British wanted Von Werra back because he knew too much of the British methods of De-briefing German pilots, and that the British had broken the Luftwaffe fighter codes. On returning to Germany, with Von Werra's help, the Luftwaffe changed their codes, and set up and copied the same methods the British used for De-briefing shot down aircrews. A special camp was set up at Oberusel(just outside Frankfurt). All Allied aircrew were first sent there before they went to a air force POW camp.Von Werra died shortly after taking off, and flying over the North Sea. His wingman noted sudden smoke, and the plane went straight into the sea. There was a problem with the engines on the new Me-109G models, and a number of German pilots lost there lives as a result.


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