Danger Within

  • U
  • Don Chaffey (1958)
  • UK
  • 96 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Anyone who has seen Billy Wilder's PoW-camp classic Stalag 17 will find this workmanlike British imitation somewhat predictable. Co-written by Bryan Forbes, the story has a whodunnit element that is cleverly and wittily plotted, but prisoners and guards alike are cardboard cutouts and it takes some competent character acting to make them even half credible. Richard Attenborough and Bernard Lee come off best, while Richard Todd trots out all his gruff officer mannerisms, Michael Wilding smarms to order and Dennis Price reprises the fruity theatrical he played in Charley Moon. Director Don Chaffey sustains the suspense with unfussy ease.

Plot Summary

Second World War drama starring Richard Todd, Bernard Lee and Richard Attenborough. Plans for a daring escape by British prisoners from an Italian PoW camp are threatened by a traitor in their midst.

Cast and crew


Lt Col David Baird
Richard Todd
Lt Col Huxley
Bernard Lee
Maj Charles Marquand
Michael Wilding
Capt Bunter Phillips
Richard Attenborough
Capt Rupert Callender
Dennis Price
Capt Roger Byford
Donald Houston
Captain Tony Long
William Franklyn
Capt Pat Foster
Vincent Ball
Capitano Benucci
Peter Arne
Prisoner with pin-up
Michael Caine
Capt Alfred Piker
Peter Jones
Lt Gibbs
Terence Alexander


Don Chaffey

Other Information

Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
Colin Lesslie Prods Ltd
Available on video
Certificate U