The Password Is Courage

  • U
  • Andrew L Stone (1962)
  • UK
  • 115 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

This rather forgotten film in Dirk Bogarde's canon is a fitfully amusing war offering based on the true-life exploits of one Charles Coward, a cocky PoW who spent his time humiliating his guards and preparing his colleagues for escape. Writer/director Andrew L Stone occasionally pushes too hard for comic effect and Bogarde is hardly perfect casting, but the story of Coward's attempts to reach the Polish Resistance is fascinating and would have benefited from a more dramatic retelling. Alfred Lynch and Reginald Beckwith provide sterling support and, on the evidence of this performance, Maria Perschy should have become much better known.

Plot Summary

War drama starring Dirk Bogarde based on the real-life adventures of the inaptly named Charlie Coward, the only English soldier to receive the Iron Cross. Captured at Dunkirk, he made countless bids for freedom, culminating in a final escape attempt with his pal, Billy Pope.

Cast and crew

Cast

Charles Coward
Dirk Bogarde
Irena
Maria Perschy
Billy Pope
Alfred Lynch
Cole
Nigel Stock
Unteroffizier
Reginald Beckwith
Schmidt
Richard Marner
Aussie
Ed Devereaux

Crew

Director
Andrew L Stone

Other Information

Language: 
English
Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Categories
Comedy
Drama

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