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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.

Director:

Roy Ward Baker (as Roy Baker)

Writers:

Howard Clewes (screenplay), Kendal Burt (book) | 1 more credit »
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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
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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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Canadians will remember...The One That Got Away. See more »

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Adventure | Drama | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1957 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Einer kam durch See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.75: 1
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The German version is titled "Einer kam durch" which roughly translates as "One Came Through". See more »

Goofs

Whilst being driven to Station HQ at Hucknall, he passes two aircraft on the flight line. The first is a DHC-1 Chipmunk which first flew in 1949, nine years after the film is set and four years after the end of WW2. See more »

Quotes

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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Closing credits epilogue: Despite the efforts of the Canadian Government to obtain his return, and of the United States Authorities to hold him, Von Werra crossed the border into Mexico. Travelling by way of Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and Spain, he reached Berlin on 18th April. 1941. On October 25th of the same year, while on patrol, his plane was seen to dive into the sea. No trace of Von Werra was found. See more »

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Auf, auf zum fröhlichen Tagen
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Cult Movies 26
8 November 1998 | by TYLERdurden74See all my reviews

26. THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY (war, 1958) During air raids on Britain during WW2 German Lt. Von Warren's (Hardy Kruger) plane is shot down. He's captured and made a P.O.W. He repeatedly tries to escape but to no avail. Undaunted in his efforts he finally succeeds but has to survive the long and dangerous trek back to Germany.

Critique: Although the title is a bit of a giveaway, this is one of the most intriguing of war films, a substitute to the countless Americanized versions of P.O.Ws. The picture is perfectly paced adding to the excitement and suspense. Based on a true story of the only German to escape from an allied camp, it has beautiful crisp black and white photography. What makes it a standout in film history though is the fact that a German soldier is made the hero here.

Actor Hardy Krugers' portrayal is an unusual mix of boyish charm, and cockiness. The film is virtually flawless except for the screenwriter's depiction of Von Warren. They make him so much likable and appealing (funnier) than the Brits that one walks out rooting for him. I mean isn't he the enemy? One of Hitler's tools of war?

Furthermore, it's disturbing to learn that Von Warren returns home but goes back to the front and dies fighting the Allies. This little known film is hard to get on video (though I've seen a re-released copy), so your best shot is to catch it on TV.

QUOTE: Von Warren: "It's the duty of an officer to try and escape."


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