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The One That Got Away (1957)

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The One That Got Away
Theatrical poster
Country UKD.jpg United Kingdom
Directed by Roy Ward Baker
Release Date Nobember 22, 1957
Studio Rank Organisation, The
Julian Wintle Productions
Distributor Rank Film Distributors
Main Cast
Character Actor
Franz von Werra Hardy Krüger
RAF Interrogator Michael Goodliffe
Army Interrogator Colin Gordon
Hucknall Alec McCowen
RAF intelligence officer Terence Alexander
Commandant, Grizedale Jack Gwillim
Lieutenant, Grizedale Andrew Faulds

The One That Got Away is a 1957 British World War II film, starring Hardy Krüger, about the only German Soldier who escaped British captivity during World War II. The screenplay is based on the 1956 nonfiction book The One That Got Away by Kendal Burt and James Leasor. Based on an actual incident, the story began on September 5, 1940, the Battle of Britain is at its height when German fighter pilot Franz von Werra is shot down over Kent and captured by the British. Despite two intimidating interrogations, he tells the Royal Air Force interrogator that he will escape within six months. Shortly thereafter, von Werra is transferred to a prisoner-of-war camp in the Lake District. He follows up his announcement with action.

The following weapons were used in the film The One That Got Away:


Walther P38

Franz von Werra (Hardy Krüger) is armed with an Walther P38.

Walther P38 with black grips - 9x19mm
Franz von Werra shortly before he gets arrested.

Enfield No.2 Mk. I*

One of Franz von Werra's escape attempts is stopped by an Enfield No.2 Mk.1* Revolver.

Enfield No.2 Mark I* - .38 S&W
The end of Werras escape. Note the bobbed hammer.


Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk. III*

Most British soldiers are armed with various Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III* rifles.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mark III* - .303 British
Two soldiers approach the crashed plane.
Franz von Werra gets arrested.

Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk. I

Some Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I are also carried by British soldiers.

Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mark I - .303 British

Submachine Guns

M1928A1 Thompson

One of the Canadian guards is armed with an M1928A1 Thompson submachine gun.

M1928A1 Thompson with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP
The Canadian guard with his Thompson.


Bofors 40mm

British soldiers are seen operating a Bofors 40mm to shoot down the Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter of von Werra.

Bofors 40mm L/60 - 40x311mmR

QF 3.7-inch AA gun

Two QF 3.7-inch AA guns can briefly be seen.


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