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"Harrow, Kenneth" <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 22 Jun 2020 02:00:19 +0000
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stalag 17?

kenneth harrow

professor emeritus

dept of english

michigan state university

517 803-8839

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From: Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Dana Polan <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: [SCREEN-L] can anyone help identify this POW escape film?

I posted a version of this to h-film also but havenít gotten any hits.

Iím doing a project on the 1963 film The Great Escape and am looking at a range of escape films. I have a memory from many years ago (so it could be wrong) of some POW escape film ending with the escapees going out from underneath a stage after some theatrical or vaudeville performance. My recollection is that they go behind the curtains during the applause and instead of coming out for the curtain call go into their tunnel. The last shot in my memory of it is of a needle on a record they played as a diversion going round and round.

Does this ring a bell for anyone? Itís not The Colditz Story, which does have an escape from under a theater BUT NOT as the last scene. Itís not The McKenzie Break. I havenít seen Hustonís Victory in a long time but plot summaries on-line suggest they escape through a shower room. Hartís War, as I remember, ends with prisoners still in the camp at its liberation.

Any help would be appreciated.

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