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The One That Got Away (1957)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, War | 22 November 1957 (UK)
A cocky German fighter pilot is shot down over England in 1940 and makes numerous attempts to escape to fight again.


Roy Ward Baker (as Roy Baker)


Howard Clewes (screenplay), Kendal Burt (book) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Hardy Krüger ... Franz Von Werra
Colin Gordon ... Army Interrogator
Michael Goodliffe ... R.A.F. Interrogator
Terence Alexander ... R.A.F. Intelligence Officer
Jack Gwillim ... Commandant, Grizedale
Andrew Faulds ... Lieutenant, Grizedale
Julian Somers Julian Somers ... Booking Clerk
Alec McCowen ... Duty Officer, Hucknall
Harry Lockart Harry Lockart ... German Prisoner
Robert Crewdson ... German Prisoner
George Mikell George Mikell ... German Prisoner
George Roubicek ... German Prisoner
John Van Eyssen John Van Eyssen ... German Prisoner
Frederick Jaeger ... German Prisoner
Richard Marner ... 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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escape | german | dossier | hero | bravado | See All (37) »


Canadians will remember...The One That Got Away. See more »


Adventure | Drama | War


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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 »


As stated early in the film Franz Von Werra had a straight forefinger on his right hand. However, at various stages during the film, Hardy Kruger had apparently forgotten this, as he continuously bends that finger. See more »


Franz von Werra: [indicating a hefty suitcase] What is that?
German prisoner Wagner: For my girlfriend in Hamburg. She has a great passion for chocolate.
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Crazy Credits

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


Featured in Die Hardy Krüger-Story (2019) See more »


Muss i denn, muss i denn zum Städtele hinaus
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Fine film-making and a great performance lift this to another level
7 August 2009 | by inteleartsSee all my reviews

The film I would compare this to is The Colditz Story - like Colditz here we have real film-making.

Excellent performances all round - Hardy Kruger gives an outstanding performance as the boyishly confident von Werra - and the film is more than capably directed by Roy Ward Baker, who was an assistant director for Hitchcock and directed Marilyn Monroe in Don't Bother to Knock, and has an obvious eye for how to tell a good story.

The final 30 minutes are simply brilliant - if you haven't seen this (And even if you haven't seen it for a while) I would definitely recommend it - a human tale about effort and there are some classic stiff upper lip moments - all in all an excellent example of 50s movie making.

Highly recommended.

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Release Date:

22 November 1957 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Einer kam durch See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75: 1
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