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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

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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Storyline

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) »

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He was daring, defiant and determined to escape. See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75: 1
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Trivia

Hawker Hurricane IIc Reg. LF363 was already a film star before this, having already appeared in two films. See more »

Goofs

When Von Werra ducks beside the ice-covered road to avoid a car, the car is an early '50's Chrysler product, even though the story is set in the winter of 1940-41. See more »

Quotes

Franz von Werra: Hello, RAF intelligence? Hello, RAF. I'm looking for the microphone hidden near the window of my room. This is Oberleutnant Von Werra calling the RAF, are you receiving me? Werra calling and testing.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Featured in Von Werra (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Muss i denn, muss i denn zum Städtele hinaus
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an excellent accurate film on German Pilot Von Werra
21 September 2008 | by kbrustSee all my reviews

Had this film on VHS tape, and it's quality was so-so. Just bought the new MGM DVD of The One That Got Away and it's a great improvement. The opening scene of Von Werra crashing his Me-109 was re-created real well. The side marking are just like in the old war photos. One small blooper on the full size crash mock-up of the Me-109: Von Werra opens the canopy and gets out...on the right side. All Me-109 canopies were hinged on the right side, forcing the pilot to get out on the left side. On a historical note, the British wanted Von Werra back because he knew too much of the British methods of De-briefing German pilots, and that the British had broken the Luftwaffe fighter codes. On returning to Germany, with Von Werra's help, the Luftwaffe changed their codes, and set up and copied the same methods the British used for De-briefing shot down aircrews. A special camp was set up at Oberusel(just outside Frankfurt). All Allied aircrew were first sent there before they went to a air force POW camp.Von Werra died shortly after taking off, and flying over the North Sea. His wingman noted sudden smoke, and the plane went straight into the sea. There was a problem with the engines on the new Me-109G models, and a number of German pilots lost there lives as a result.


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