The One That Got Away

  • U
  • Roy Ward Baker (1957)
  • UK
  • 106 min
The One That Got Away
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Just 12 years after the end of the Second World War, this action-packed feature shows that not everything the Allies attempted resulted in success. A swaggering Hardy Kruger is excellent as Franz von Werra, the Luftwaffe pilot who not only escaped from several camps in this country, but who also absconded from Canada and crossed America in his bid to rejoin his outfit. Directed at a fair clip by Roy Baker, this true-life tale is more notable for its fair-minded approach than for its thrills, but still delivers the occasional exciting moment.

Plot Summary

Second World War drama starring Hardy Kruger. When German Luftwaffe pilot Franz von Werra is captured by the British, his continued determination in the face of adversity leads him to make a number of bids for escape.

Cast and crew


Franz von Werra
Hardy Kruger
Army interrogator
Colin Gordon
RAF interrogator
Michael Goodliffe
RAF intelligence officer
Terence Alexander
Commandant at Grizedale
Jack Gwillim
Lieutenant at Grizedale
Andrew Faulds
Booking clerk
Julian Somers
Duty Officer Hucknall
Alec McCowen
German prisoner
John Van Eyssen
German prisoner
Harry Lockhart
German prisoner
Robert Crewdson
German prisoner
George Mikell
German prisoner
George Roubicek
German prisoner
Frederick Jaeger
German prisoner
Richard Marner
German prisoner
Paul Hansard


Roy Ward Baker

Other Information

Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
Rank Film Dists Ltd
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate U