The One That Got Away

The One That Got Away

Roy Ward Baker (1957)

U Certificate


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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.


Fact-based Second World War adventure about a German pilot who repeatedly escaped from British prison camps. Transferred to Montreal, he managed to break out and cross the border into America in a bid to rejoin his squadron. Starring Hardy Kruger, Michael Goodliffe, Colin Gordon and Terence Alexander.

Cast & 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
Director Roy Ward Baker
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray