The Wooden Horse (1950)

This a Covid-19 2020 minireview!

“Once upon a time there were two bulls, an old bull and a young bull. One day the young bull said to the old bull, “The farmer’s left the gate open, there are some cows in that field. Let’s dash down and get a couple!” “Oh no” said the old bull, “let’s stroll down and get the lot.”” – Peter

Number of Times Seen – 1 (Cable in the 90’s and 10 Sep 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A group of British prisoners think of a great scheme in order to escape from a Nazi POW camp during World War II.

Bottom Line – Great film that shows the valiant efforts of prisoners to try and break free from a POW camp and get to freedom.  The story plays out really well and they allow us to see how it all moves along at a nice pace.  The characters are developed quite well and we can easily differentiate between the various prisoners in the cam along with their dreams and wishes as they seek freedom.  The method of the plan for escape is so ingenious and brilliant. The fact that this story is based on real events enhances things even more along the way. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Peter Butterworth was one of the vaulters who covered for the real-life Wooden Horse escape. He auditioned for a part in the film after the war, but was turned down on the grounds that he didn’t look convincingly heroic and athletic enough. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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