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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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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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Production Co:

Angel Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A fake POW camp was built on Headingley Heath for this production. 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

Fred: Nice work Geoff. After the war, you come to Hollywood. We've got just the job for you - making stars look like people.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet: Home Thoughts from Abroad (1983) See more »

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What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor?
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The real star is the dummy
29 November 2015 | by trimmerb1234See all my reviews

There were quite a few British POW films in the '50's, some better than others. For some reason, the real ingenuity of escape attempts were glossed over, what so occupied the POWs attentions and on which depended their happiness and their lives: how uniforms, documents, stamps, photographs, tools etc could be made by with apparently none of what was necessary to make them. The films were thus human stories which though lacked much of what had been so crucial to the men involved. Here though the heart of the film is Albert RN - the life-like full size dummy used to take the place of a prisoner - and the virtuoso performances of its summoning out of the air in seconds, and its disassembly and disappearance again in seconds. Also along with the dummy itself, the way it was deployed, the plans for avoiding discovery and the on the spot quick thinking needed if the unexpected happened (when perhaps a dozen POW had to wordlessly devise and implement a plan in the presence of the German guards). And Albert R.N. was not just brought out to deceive the guards on the day of the escape but every day for a week to delay discovery of the escaped prisoner.

The other parts of the film are not quite up to par. Jack Warner did not convince physically as a serving naval officer, Anton Differing did his nasty Nazi once again (though who did it better?) but the marvel of Albert RN the dummy raised the bar and shone a light on the ingenuity, daring and skill of those who devised, built and operated him.


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