Based on the methods actually employed by Dutch citizens who smuggled stranded Allied airmen back to England, Powell and Pressburger's film follows the story of a group of six such airmen who parachute from their crippled plane into a wood. Discovered by some Dutch schoolchildren, they are taken to a farm where their potential saviours grill them for hours before offering to help. After enduring many narrow escapes from the Nazis, the airmen eventually reach a sea-port, but they still have to make the crossing in the most dangerous of circumstances.
Directed by Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger (The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp; A Matter of Life and Death), this is a star-studded British war drama about the crew of a British bomber plane which is shot down over occupied Holland and the brave efforts of the Dutch Resistance to help them to escape back to England.
Godfrey Tearle, Eric Portman & Hugh Williams are top billed but the film also includes such then rising stars as Bernard Miles, Joyce Redman, Googie Withers, Robert Helpmann & Peter Ustinov.