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The Wooden Horse (1951)





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Based on a true story (believe it or don't!), The Wooden Horse is set in a wartime German prison camp. It being the duty for every British POW to attempt escape, internees Leo Genn, David Tomlinson and Anthony Steel hit upon a daring scheme. Building an outsized, boxlike vaulting horse, purportedly for exercise purposes, the trio begin digging a tunnel beneath the horse-right under the noses of their German captors. As one of the first of the British "prison camp getaway" genre, The Wooden Horse establishes many of the form's cliches, including the rule-bound German soldiers whose grasp of the obvious is appalling. Eric Williams adapted the screenplay from his novel The Tunnel Escape. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Eric Williams
In Theaters:
Snader Productions


Leo Genn
as Peter
David Greene
as Bennett
Patrick Waddington
as Senior British Offic...
Peter Finch
as Australian in Hospit...
Russell Waters
as "Wings" Cameron
Walter Gotell
as The follower
Meinhart Maur
as Hotel proprietor
Hans Meyer
as Charles
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The true story of three british airmen who escaped from a prison camp in WWII. There's little here that hasn't been done again and again in prison escape films, although it does pick up once they escape the camp; the cat and mouse chase in the dark alleys of nazi Germany is the stand-out scene. Probably a lot more true to life than the Great Escape, but much less entertaining as a result. Solid but unremarkable.

xGary Xx

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ok movie about WWII post WWII about british pow's who try to escape from a german POW camp-think the great escape-steve mcqueen.

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