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The Password Is Courage (1962)

Approved | | War, Comedy, Drama | 21 December 1962 (USA)
British N.C.O. Sergeant Major Charles Coward (Sir Dirk Bogarde) escapes from the Stalag VIII-B P.O.W. camp, and is mistakenly awarded with the Iron Cross by the Germans.

Director:

Andrew L. Stone

Writers:

Andrew L. Stone (screenplay), John Castle (based on the biography of Charles Coward by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Bogarde ... Sgt. Maj. Charles Coward
Maria Perschy ... Irena
Alfred Lynch ... Cpl. Bill Pope
Nigel Stock ... Cole
Reginald Beckwith Reginald Beckwith ... Unterofficer
Richard Marner ... Schmidt
Ed Devereaux ... Aussie
Lewis Fiander ... Pringle
George Mikell George Mikell ... Necke
Richard Carpenter ... Robinson
Bernard Archard ... 1st Prisoner of War
Ferdy Mayne ... 1st German Officer at French Farm
George Pravda ... 2nd German Officer at French Farm
Olaf Pooley Olaf Pooley ... German Doctor
Michael Mellinger ... Feldwebel
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Storyline

A World War II British officer named Charles Coward, having been captured by the Germans, tries everything he can to escape. In the process, among many other adventures he gets awarded the Iron Cross. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Der Fuehrer Made Two Mistakes-Starting a War...and Capturing Charlie! See more »

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War | Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

21 December 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Coragem é a Senha See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

Charles Coward has a cameo role in the party scene. See more »

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The railway carriages are clearly marked with British Railways logo and a 'Do Not Lean Out of the Window' is clearly visible on the open door as Coward catches the train to Vienna. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: There's a man named Charlie Coward, an ordinary soldier with an ordinary background. But sometimes there's a man that stands out from the crowd. He's more resourceful, more daring and more determined than the others. Sergeant-Major Coward was one of these - this is his story.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: Certain of the characters depicted in this photoplay are fictitious and any similarity between such characters and actual persons is purely coincidental. See more »

Soundtracks

Kiss Me Goodnight, Sergeant Major
(uncredited)
Written by Art Noel and Don Pelosi
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still worth seeing
19 January 2008 | by anthonyrwaldmanSee all my reviews

I First saw this film on its release in 1962. Unfortunalely, I had read John Castle's biography of sargant- major Charles Coward before I saw the film. A large section of the book deals with Coward's attempts to help Jews escape from the Auchwitz death camp. The film dealt with this by having a five minute segment where Henry Piek's drawings of the horrors of Auchwitz are shown with Dirk Bogarde giving a voice over commentary. Well, at least it was a film that mentioned the Hollocaust . A very rear thing in the early 1960's. I saw this film again just recently on television and the Auchwitz segment had been edited out of the film. So, now the film is just another Second World War adventure movie along with an unlikely romantic interest that was not in the biography (Coward was married and very much devoted to his wife). But, there is something about this film that makes it different from other British war time escape films. It is about ordinary soldiers and not officers. These soldiers have been put to work by the Germans and the p.o.w. camps do not have the air of the British public school. These other ranks do not just try to escape but commit dangerous acts of sabotage. Therefore, on the whole this film is still worth seeing. It it was great to see the wonderful Dirk Bogarde playing a cockney character part that he does so well.


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