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Break to Freedom (1953)

Albert, R.N. (original title)
Approved | | Drama, War | June 1955 (USA)
In 1944, at a POW camp in Germany the Allied prisoners use a dummy prop named Albert to fool the German guards and escape.

Director:

Lewis Gilbert

Writers:

Edward Sammis (play) (as Edward R.Sammis), Guy Morgan (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Steel ... Geoff
Jack Warner ... Capt. Maddox
Robert Beatty ... Jim
William Sylvester ... Texas
Anton Diffring ... Hauptmann Schultz
Eddie Byrne ... Joe
Guy Middleton ... Bongo
Paul Carpenter Paul Carpenter ... Fred
Michael Balfour ... Hank
Moultrie Kelsall ... Henry
Frederick Valk Frederick Valk ... Camp Kommandant
Frederick Schiller Frederick Schiller ... Herman
Peter Jones ... Schoolie
Geoffrey Hibbert Geoffrey Hibbert ... Cutter
Walter Gotell ... Feldwebel
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Storyline

When several escapes at an German pow camp go wrong, the prisoners begin to think, that there is an informer revealing their plans to the enemy. Then Lt Ainsworth, an artist in civvie street, invents a model head of a fictious prisoner, who can take the place of an escaper, when the men march back from the bath house, which is situated outside the camp. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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prisoner | escape | camp | german | dummy | See All (29) »

Taglines:

The War's Most Daring P.O.W. Escape

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

June 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Break to Freedom See more »

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Budget:

GBP80,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Angel Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Artist and illustrator John Worsley, who made the model of "Albert" for the film, had performed the same task in the the real P.O.W. camp, where he had been assisted by the film's technical adviser Senior Commissioned Gunner (TAS) Lieut. J.W. Goble. See more »

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Tex says he is in the US Navy Air Force, there wasn't such an outfit. If he as an aviator in the US Navy, he would have said US Navy. See more »

Quotes

Texas: Where I come from we don't call any man 'sir'!
Hauptmann Schultz: Here you will obey the regulations.
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits epilogue: 'ALBERT' was re-created for the screen by John Worsley See more »

Connections

Remake of BBC Sunday-Night Theatre: Albert (1951) See more »

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Frankie and Johnny
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Written by Hughie Cannon
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Anthony Steel as artist in a war prison helping others to escape
7 September 2018 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

Lewis Gilbert was a very reliable director, not one of the top ones and not one of the most active, but the films he made are always well made, like for instance maybe the best James Bond, "You Only Live Twice". This is another of his very best, although in black and white and behind barbed fences in a dreary muddy war prison camp. The story is a true one, and it is marvellously developed, gradually mounting in suspense and intrigue, as one of the Germans gets acceleratedly vicious in his frustration, taunted by his insolent but honest prisoners. His villainy is actually more outrageous than usual for bullying Germans in the war, which must lead to some sort of settlement. No one will be disappointed.

There are many films like this, true stories of incidents and escape ordeals in war prison camps towards the end of the war, and this is clearly one of the best, almost on par with "The Password is Courage" (1962) with Dirk Bogarde, an equally true and fantastic war prison story of epic esacapes.


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