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The Captive Heart (1946)

In 1940, a concentration-camp escapee assumes the identity of a dead British officer, only to become a prisoner of war.

Director:

Basil Dearden

Writers:

Angus MacPhail (screenplay), Guy Morgan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Redgrave ... Capt. Karel Hasek
Rachel Kempson ... Celia Mitchell
Frederick Leister Frederick Leister ... Mr. Mowbray
Mervyn Johns ... Pte. Evans
Rachel Thomas Rachel Thomas ... Mrs. Evans
Jack Warner ... Cpl. Horsfall
Gladys Henson Gladys Henson ... Mrs. Horsfall
James Harcourt James Harcourt ... Doctor
Gordon Jackson ... Lieut. Lennox
Elliott Mason Elliott Mason ... Mrs. Lennox (as Elliot Mason)
Margot Fitzsimons Margot Fitzsimons ... Elspeth McDougall
David Keir David Keir ... Mr. McDougall
Derek Bond ... Lieut.Harley
Jane Barrett Jane Barrett ... Caroline Harley
Meriel Forbes Meriel Forbes ... Beryl Curtiss
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Storyline

After the evacuation at Dunkirk, June 1940, some thousands of British prisoners are sent to German P.O.W. camps. One such group includes "Capt. Geoffrey Mitchell," a concentration-camp escapee who assumed the identity of a dead British officer. To avoid exposure, "Mitchell" must correspond with the dead man's estranged wife Celia. But eventual exposure seems certain, and the men must find a way to get him out. If he reaches England, though, what will his reception be? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Would you forge love letters to save your life?

Genres:

War | Drama

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

29 April 1946 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Corazón cautivo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ealing Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Redgrave (Captain Karel Hasek) and Rachel Kempson (Celia Mitchell) were married from 1935 until his death in 1985. See more »

Goofs

Capt. Hasek states that he escaped from Dachau. Nobody ever successfully escaped from this concentration camp, except Hans Beimer in 1933. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Jim Grayson: I wonder how Jane is getting on these days?
Capt. Karel Hasek, alias Geoffrey Mitchell: Who's Jane? Your girl?
Capt. Jim Grayson: No, no. *The* Jane. The strip in the "Mirror".
Capt. Karel Hasek, alias Geoffrey Mitchell: [realizing he's made a mistake] Oh, yes, the strip in the mirror.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: France - June 1940 See more »

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Featured in Arena: Cinema (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

The Beer Barrel Polka
(uncredited)
Written by Jaromir Vejvoda and Wladimir A. Timm
English Lyrics by Lew Brown
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A low key, but highly charged stiff-upper-lip flick
31 October 2003 | by steve-raybouldSee all my reviews

Great plot, excellently under-stated performances, writing and direction. The fact that this film was made in 1946, so close to the events its depicts, seems to add an almost documentary-like quality to this film. Indeed, in the opening credits, the line 'Filmed in the British Zone of Western Germany' suggest that the realistic prison-camp scenes were probably shot in genuine locations. The cast is almost a repertory company of British 1940s actors - but no-one is taking an easy ride. There are fresh and challenging performances, even though the faces are familiar. What struck me is how the film is free of the gung-ho 'smart prisoners, dumb Krauts' type of prison camp film that dominated the genre later on. This film is the product of a people tired of war. At the same time, it retains some of the stiff upper lip feel of many British wartime films, but with the confidence of victory, it does not need to indulge in the 'beastly Hun' elements. Moving without being sentimental. A very 'human' film, only a few steps short of a masterpiece.


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