Albert, R.N. | ANTHONY STEEL | Historical Drama | Classic Movie

Albert, R.N. – In 1944, at a POW camp in Germany the Allied prisoners use a dummy prop named Albert to fool the German guards and escape.

Albert, R.N. (1953)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
Writers: Edward Sammis (play), Guy Morgan (play), Vernon Harris (screenplay)
Stars: Anthony Steel, Jack Warner, Robert Beatty
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Also Known As: Break to Freedom
Release Date: 23 November 1953 (UK)
Filming Location: Nettlefold Studios, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, UK

After several escapes at a German POW camp go wrong, the prisoners begin to think that there is an informer revealing their plans to the enemy. Then Lt. Ainsworth, an artist in civvie street, invents a model head of a fictitious prisoner, who can take the place of an escapee, when the men march back from the bath house which is situated outside the camp.

“ALBERT, R.N. is a very good British WW2 prisoner of war movie which has a story so incredible it must be true. It features an naval officer and his men who are determined to escape from their camp in Germany at any cost, and devise one of the most audacious plans in history to facilitate their freedom. This suspense-packed narrative subsequently follows their adventures with many highs and lows along the way.

I’ve always loved a good prison film and this one offers something a little different; the prisoners are actually well taken care of and have plenty of camaraderie in their living quarters. Nonetheless the escape attempts are enthralling and often jaw-dropping in the way the simplicity of the thing works so well – you can’t believe what you’re seeing.

I also like the way that the writers take the time to develop the individual characters to more than just walking stereotypes. Anthony Steel is particularly good as the conflicted newcomer, but he’s given fine support by Jack Warner as the friendly captain. Anton Diffring has one of his best early roles as a ruthless and mercenary German officer. In support, the viewer is treated to the likes of Eddie Byrne, Michael Balfour, William Sylvester, and Paul Carpenter, all of whom are very fine in their parts. ALBERT, R.N. is something of a forgotten classic of its type and a film that more than holds its own against the bigger budget Hollywood tales.”
– written by “Leofwine_draca” on

Also Known As (AKA):
(original title) Albert, R.N.
Australia Albert R.N.
Belgium (French title) Le prisonnier fantôme
Belgium (Flemish title) De gestapo mist een man
Canada (English title) (theatrical title) Marlag ‘O’ Prison Camp
Denmark Den tavse soldat
Finland Vankileirin näkymätön sotilas
France Le prisonnier fantôme
Greece (transliterated title) Kata diatagi tou Hitler
Greece (reissue title) To vasiliko naftiko epitithetai
Ireland (English title) Albert R.N.
Luxembourg (French title) (TV title) Le prisonnier fantôme
Netherlands De gestapo mist een man
New Zealand (English title) Albert R.N.
Norway Operasjon Albert
Romania Albert R.N.
South Africa (English title) Albert, R.N.
Sweden Männen bakom taggtråd
UK (working title) The Spare Man
UK Albert, R.N.
USA Break to Freedom
USA (alternative title) Marlag ‘O’ Prison Camp
Spare Man


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7 Replies to “Albert, R.N. | ANTHONY STEEL | Historical Drama | Classic Movie”

  1. Malcolm Arnold is the composer – you can recognise his same thematic approach in, 'The Inn of the Sixth Happiness' (1958) and 'The Heroes of Telemark' (1965). Arnold won an Academy Award for the music to David Lean's film, 'The Bridge on the River Kwai' (1957). In his personal life, the story is not so nice.

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