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The One That Got Away (1957)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, War | 22 November 1957 (UK)
A cocky German flight officer is shot down over England and makes numerous attempts to escape to fight again.


(as Roy Baker)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Terence Alexander ...
Lieutenant, Grizedale
Julian Somers ...
Booking Clerk
Duty Officer, Hucknall
Harry Lockart ...
German Prisoner
German Prisoner
George Mikell ...
German Prisoner
German Prisoner
John Van Eyssen ...
German Prisoner
German Prisoner


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 »


Adventure | Drama | War


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Release Date:

22 November 1957 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Einer kam durch  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75: 1
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Did You Know?


Hardy Krüger served in the SS during World War II and was captured by the Americans. He managed to escape on his third attempt. See more »


When Von Werra ducks beside the ice-covered road to avoid a car, the car is an early '50's Chrysler product, even though the story is set in the winter of 1940-41. See more »


R.A.F. Intelligence Officer: This movement of prisoners to Canada, sir. POW Administration have asked for a list of any you'd like to keep here for further interrogation.
RAF Interrogator: Who were you thinking of?
R.A.F. Intelligence Officer: Well, what about von Werra, sir?
RAF Interrogator: Oh. Oh, I wouldn't want to deprive him of a nice healthy sea voyage. In fact, I'd recommend a special escort for von Werra to make quite certain he gets there.
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in A Question of Faith (2006) See more »


Auf, auf zum fröhlichen Tagen
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2 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

This film is about a German prisoner of war in the World War II, who strives to escape back to Germany.

Despite being made fifty years ago, "The One That Got Away" is very watchable and suspenseful even in modern day standards. The plot is well written, despite giving away what happens in the movie title, it is still thrilling and suspenseful throughout the movie. I admire Franz's determination and courage to escape, and I am surprised by the other prisoners of war's cooperation in his plans even though they are not escaping. Humanity through harsh times is well depicted in here, touching one's soul and inspiring others to treasure life.

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