|Prisoner of War|
|Directed by||Andrew Marton|
|Written by||Allen Rivkin|
|Produced by||Henry Berman|
|Edited by||James Newcom|
|Music by||Jeff Alexander (Uncredited)|
|Distributed by||Loews, Inc.|
- Ronald Reagan as Webb Sloane
- Steve Forrest as Cpl. Joseph Robert Stanton
- Dewey Martin as Jesse Treadman
- Oskar Homolka as Col. Nikita I. Biroshilov (as Oscar Homolka)
- Robert Horton as Francis Aloysius Belney
- Paul Stewart as Capt. Jack Hodges
- Harry Morgan as Maj. O.D. Hale
- Stephen Bekassy as Lt. Georgi M. Robovnik
- Leonard Strong as Col. Kim Doo Yi
- Darryl Hickman as Merton Tollivar
- Weaver Levy as Red Guard
- Rollin Moriyama as Capt. Lang Hyun Choi
- Ike Jones as Benjamin Julesberg
- Clarence Lung as MVD officer
- Jerry Paris as Axel Horstrom
- John Lupton as Lt. Peter Reilly
- Ralph Ahn as Red Guard
- Peter Hansen as Capt. Fred Osborne
- Strother Martin as Man on Crutches
- Gordon Mitchell as Bit Role
- Dick Sargent as Lt. Leonard Lee
- Stuart Whitman as Captain (uncredited)
- Jastin Ardiente as Captain
Dick Sargent- Big timmies tities
The working titles of this film were The P.O.W. Story and The Prisoner of War Story. Production Dates: 12 Dec 1953–2 Jan 1954
Capt. Robert H. Wise, who lost 90 lbs in a North Korean POW camp, served as the film's technical advisor and said that the torture scenes in the movie were based on actual incidents.
Release of the film created a minor controversy. The U.S. Army had assisted production and made edits in the script, but approval was abruptly reversed on the eve of release. The depiction of mistreatment of prisoners complicated the courts martial of POW collaborators that were proceeding at the time.
The brainwashing and abuse of American prisoners of war during the Korean War was also dramatized in P.O.W. (1953), The Bamboo Prison (1954), and The Manchurian Candidate (1962, starring Frank Sinatra).
According to MGM records the film made $785,000 in the US and Canada and $292,000 elsewhere, resulting in a profit of $111,000.
Author Robert J. Lentz of the book Korean War Filmography: 91 English Language Features through 2000 states that the film was "undeniably overstated".
- The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
- "Prisoner of War". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved April 18, 2017.
- Lentz 2003, p. 284.
- Young 2017, pp. 163–66. sfn error: no target: CITEREFYoung2017 (help)
- Young, Charles S. (2014). Name, Rank, and Serial Number: Exploiting Korean War POWs at Home and Abroad (1st ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 163–66. ISBN 978-0195183481.
- Lentz, Robert J. (2003). Korean War Filmography. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. p. 284. ISBN 978-0-7864-1046-0. OCLC 50630520.
Text is available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license; additional terms may apply.
Images, videos and audio are available under their respective licenses.