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The Wooden Horse (1950)

True story of three British POWs and their attempt to escape from Nazi Germany.

Directors:

Jack Lee, Ian Dalrymple (uncredited)

Writer:

Eric Williams (screenplay adapted from his novel by)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Genn ... Peter Howard
David Tomlinson ... Phil Roe
Anthony Steel ... John Clinton
David Greene ... Nick Bennett
Peter Burton ... Nigel
Patrick Waddington ... Group Captain Wardley - Senior British Officer
Michael Goodliffe ... Robbie
Anthony Dawson ... Pomfret
Bryan Forbes ... Paul
Dan Cunningham Dan Cunningham ... David
Peter Finch ... Australian in Hospital
Philip Dale Philip Dale ... Bill White
Russell Waters Russell Waters ... 'Wings' Cameron
Ralph Ward Ralph Ward ... Adjutant
Franz Schafheitlin Franz Schafheitlin ... Camp Commandant
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Storyline

In a POW camp, the Nazis have placed the huts far from the boundary so that any escape tunnel would have to be a long one. One British officer has the idea of starting a daily gynmastics routine using a vaulting horse: they can place it near the boundary and start a tunnel from under it. He and two others do escape the camp by this means and plan to make for neutral Sweden. To do that, they'll not only have to move around without arousing any suspicions, but also find a stranger from a neutral or occupied country who'll be willing and able to help them. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German | Danish | French

Release Date:

16 October 1950 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Calul de lemn See more »

Filming Locations:

Denmark See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Filming was hampered by bad weather, indecision over the ending and other delays. This contributed to the film going significantly over budget. By the time the ending was to be shot, director Jack Lee had left the project so producer Ian Dalrymple completed it. See more »

Goofs

Whilst the escape is in progress, there is a quick shot of a German guard near the compound fence. His rifle has a British pattern webbing sling; the upper brass buckle can be seen clearly. See more »

Quotes

[Doctor, visiting prisoners in hospital, hears they are listening to music by Beethoven]
Doctor: Ah, Beethoven. He is a good German.
Prisoner: [calls out from the background] Yes. He's dead.
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Connections

Referenced in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet: Au Revoir: Part 2 (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Deutschlandlied
(uncredited)
Composed by Franz Joseph Haydn
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Better Than the Great Escape
29 May 2001 | by sultana-1See all my reviews

This unsung quiet gem tells the true story of a POW escape during WW II. The performances are incredible, especially Anthony Steele. The movie works on many different levels: cerebral, emotional, visual, and literal. The dialogue is ingenious and rings very true. In fact, an unusual all-around authenticity puts this one head-and-shoulders above most war epics.


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