The Captive Heart

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The Captive Heart is set in a German POW camp for British soldiers. Michael Redgrave plays a Czech patriot, who has assumed the identity of a deceased British officer to avoid being executed by the Nazis. When captured and placed in the camp, the British prisoners suspect the still-incognito Redgrave of being a spy. Only his conspicuous courage during an escape sequence vindicates the secretive Redgrave. The film's tinderbox tension is relieved with a joyous finale, which utilizes a fireworks display as adroitly as Hitchcock did in To Catch a Thief.


Michael Redgrave
as Capt. Karel Hasek - aka Geoffrey Mitchell
Mervyn Johns
as Private Evans
Basil Radford
as Major Ossy Dalrymple
Jack Warner
as Cpl. Ted Horsfall
Rachel Kempson
as Celia Mitchell
Frederick Leister
as Mr. Mowbray
Rachel Thomas
as Mrs. Evans
Gladys Henson
as Mrs. Horsfall
Gordon Jackson
as Lt. Lennox
Elliot Mason
as Mrs. Lennox
Robert Wyndham
as Lt. Cmdr. Robert Narsden
Guy Middleton
as Capt. Jim Mason
Jimmy Hanley
as Pvt. Matthews
Derek Bond
as Lt. Harley
Jane Barrett
as Caroline Harley
Margot Fitzsimmons
as Elspeth McDougall
David Keir
as Mr. McDougall
Meriel Forbes
as Beryle Curtiss
Ralph Michael
as Capt. Thurston
Frederick Schiller
as German M.O.
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  • Given the immediacy, it is perhaps no wonder that the story is leavened with some melodrama and romance, yet watching it now, Basil Dearden's film still has a surprisingly naturalistic aspect.

    Feb 3, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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