Danger Within

Danger Within

Don Chaffey (1958)

U Certificate


Our Score
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.


British officers detained in an Italian PoW camp intend to escape, but an informer threatens to scupper their audacious plan. The group is forced to make haste with its scheme when one of the officers is sentenced to death as German soldiers prepare to take over the facility. Second World War drama, starring Richard Todd, Bernard Lee, Michael Wilding, Richard Attenborough and Donald Houston.

Cast & 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
Director Don Chaffey
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Colin Lesslie Prods LtdAvailable on: video