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The Password Is Courage (1962)

Approved | | War, Comedy, Drama | 21 December 1962 (USA)
British NCO Sergeant-Major Charles Coward escapes from the Stalag VIII-B POW camp and is mistakenly awarded with the Iron Cross by the Germans.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Reginald Beckwith ...
George Mikell ...
Richard Carpenter ...
1st Prisoner of War
1st German Officer at French Farm
2nd German Officer at French Farm
Olaf Pooley ...
German Doctor


A World War II British officer named Charles Coward, having been captured by the Germans, tries everything he can to escape. In the process, among many other adventures he gets awarded the Iron Cross. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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The only man ever awarded the Iron Cross by the enemy!!! See more »


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Release Date:

21 December 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Coragem é a Senha  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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When the Germans bring their wounded to the barn, they come in three American-made FWD HAR-1 trucks. Only 9,000 were made between 1942-33, and 7,000 were sent to the UK as part of the Lend-Lease program. The remaining trucks were used by the U.S. Army on the ALCAN highway project in Alaska. See more »


While dressed as a Nazi officer, Coward steals a bicycle, and when he is temporarily stopped by its owner, one can see a 1962 automobile up the street. By WesternOne. See more »


Narrator: There's a man named Charlie Coward, an ordinary soldier with an ordinary background. But sometimes there's a man that stands out from the crowd. He's more resourceful, more daring and more determined than the others. Sergeant-Major Coward was one of these - this is his story.
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Opening credits: Certain of the characters depicted in this photoplay are fictitious and any similarity between such characters and actual persons is purely coincidental. See more »


Kiss Me Goodnight, Sergeant Major
Written by Art Noel and Don Pelosi
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I enjoyed it! A great light-movie to watch.
5 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

Of course this movie is being often compared to "The Great Escape". The similarities between the story lines are striking and some of the sequences are almost exactly the same. Only keep in mind that this movie was actually released a year before the great escape and this movie its story is based on the real events as lived by Charles Coward, who also served as a consultant for this movie, while "The Great Escape" is based on a totally other true story.

The movie is not an heavy confronting WW II POW movie. Instead its more of a comedy at times with almost slapstick like events and characters. It does make the movie a bit unbalanced and silly to watch but for me it also made the movie very light and easy. I'm not really sure though what for a movie this was supposed to be; A comedy or a drama. It's too incoherent and unbalanced to really say.

The movie is obviously low-budget but they used some creative solutions to hide this, in the movie.

The main character is really fascinating. He is being played by Dirk Bogarde, who of course is always a pleasure to see as the main lead, regardless of the role he plays. The rest of the characters are a bit muddled in and simply not interesting enough. The movie also changes often of setting with as a result that new characters get introduced and old ones abandoned.

All in all its not a terribly memorable movie and certainly no classic. The movie is too incoherent for that and the most of the character too uninteresting. Nevertheless this is a great movie to kill some time with. Nothing heavy, just some good old fashioned light-entertainment, with some good moments. Worth seeing if you get the chance.



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