Don Chaffey’s intriguing thriller is set in a Second World War PoW camp where all attempts to escape are stopped suspiciously quickly by the Germans. Suspecting a planted stool pigeon is revealing their plans, Lt Col David Baird (Richard Todd), head of the escape committee, overrides senior British officer Lt Col Huxley (Bernard Lee) with an audacious plan for a daylight escape of 400 prisoners – which will also expose the traitor in their midst.
Richard Todd as Lieutenant Colonel David Baird
Bernard Lee as Lieutenant Colonel Huxley
Michael Wilding as Captain ‘Bunter’ Phillips
Peter Arne as Capitano Benucci
Richard Attenborough as Capt. ‘Bunter’ Phillips
Michael Caine as Prisoner with Pin-Up (uncredited)
Andrew Faulds as Lt. Comdr. ‘Dopey’ Gibbon, R.N.
Director: Don Chaffey
UK | 101 minutes | 1959