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Title:ENEMY INTERROGATION OF PRISONERS [Main Title]
Film Number:AMY 13
Summary: Instructional film showing airmen: (1) What happens when they are taken prisoner; (2) How they should conduct themselves; and (3) the consequences of disobeying RAF orders and procedure when in enemy hands.
Description: Film consists of a fictional episode with actors and spoken dialogue. Brief film sequence shows a Lockheed Hudson taking off. Film begins with an actor portraying a senior RAF officer who introduces the characters and sets the scene. Before the mission aircrews turn out their pockets to remove identifying articles. A plane is forced to land in enemy territory and the crew taken prisoner; the film then describes how German intelligence learn of a new airfield and proposed bombing raid, starting with a simple clue - a bus ticket which reveals the home station of the prisoners - and subsequently building on this by the use of a variety of techniques - separation of the crew, fraternisation, 'hard/soft' interrogation and leading questions, a German posing as an RAF officer, and listening in on "idle chatter" between crew members. Germans then launch a pre-emptive raid which destroys British aircraft and postpones planned raid. Conclusion - give only your name, rank and number, and "keep your mouth shut".
Production Details: Royal Air Force (Production sponsor)
Gee Films (Production company)
Ginever, Aveling (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations:
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: None
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 2795 ft; Running time: 31 mins
Notes: Remarks: Acting is of a low standard and the dialogue anachronistic, viz 'Hun archie caught them pretty squarely and although Wise [pilot] made a wizard landing it was well within enemy territory'