Lt. Hanley has been captured and is taken to an ancient castle that the Germans are using as a POW camp. On his arrival he tells the other POW Officers that he can pinpoint a German ball bearing factory and they decide to help him escape by providing him with a fake Albanian uniform for his escape effort. To get back though he must cross Germany and occupied France. Hanley is lowered from a window by the other prisoners and manages to swim downstream away from the castle. On reaching the rail head he uses fake papers he has been provide with to purchase a rail ticket. While at a break in the journey Hanley is accused by a pair of Hitler Youth and an Officer takes him prisoner. The Officer is actually a British spy named Thorne [Lloyd Bochner] who helps him get away and travels with him towards the Allied Lines. While lunching at a French Café they are approached by a real Albanian Officer and have to make a run for it. While making their get away they are accosted by a Gestapo Officer...Written by
"Evasion" is a story about Lieutenant Hanley's escape and efforts to make it back to Allied lines with valuable intelligence information. Captured by the Germans and amongst a group of higher ranking officers, they make a decision to spring Hanley from confinement because he has memorized the location of an excellent bombing target which could cripple German war efforts. During his journey, he runs into almost every bad bend in the road.
Esther & Bob Mitchell wrote a fine screenplay in that we get a glimpse of what it's like to move about in German occupied territories in World War II Europe. We also meet a couple of conscientious kids from the German youth program and experience the brainwashing potential of a mad dictator. Intrigue and suspense levels are high during the journey and the story flows quite well.
Lloyd Bochner is excellent as Major Thorne, a happy go lucky free spirit who accompanies Hanley on the 2nd part of his escape. Monique Le Maire is equally excellent as the beautiful Julie, portraying an ambivalent mistress who finally realizes the evil character she's been catering to.
Julie pulls off a memorable ending and gives it a very feminine touch similar to what we see in a Mission Impossible episode. She reminds one of Impossible Mission Force character Cinnamon Carter.
"Evasion" was fun to watch; suspense and intrigue made up for the lack of combat scenes.
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