The One That Got Away (1957)


A cocky German flight officer is shot down over England and makes numerous attempts to escape to fight again.


This is the true story of Oberleutnant Franz von Werra, the only German prisoner of war to escape from imprisonment in Britain during the Second World War.

Trivia & Goofs

  • Hardy Krüger served in the SS during World War II and was captured by the Americans. He managed to escape on his third attempt.
  • Franz Von Werra may not have been the only German prisoner-of-war to escape from captivity and return to Germany. A U-Boat rating, Walter Kurt Reich, is said to have jumped from a Polish troopship (presumably the ex-liner Sobieski) into the St. Lawrence River in July 1940.
  • The German version is titled “Einer kam durch” which roughly translates as “One Came Through”.
  • When Von Werra ducks beside the ice-covered road to avoid a car, the car is an early ’50’s Chrysler product, even though the story is set in the winter of 1940-41.
  • Whilst being driven to Station HQ at Hucknall, he passes two aircraft on the flight line. The first is a DHC-1 Chipmunk which first flew in 1949, nine years after the film is set and four years after the end of World War 2.
  • At one point, as cover, Von Werra says he is part of the Royal Netherlands Air Force. While this would be correct for 1957 (the year the film was released), in 1941, it would be known as the Dutch Army Aviation Brigade.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director: Roy Ward Baker.
  • Producers: Julian Wintle & Earl St. John.
  • Writer: Howard Clewes.
  • Music: Hubert Clifford.
  • Cinematography: Eric Cross.
  • Editor: Sidney Hayers.
  • Production: John Wintle Productions.
  • Distributor: Rank Organisation.
  • Release Date: 22 November 1957 (UK).
  • Running time: 111 minutes.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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