This is Fernandel's blockbuster.Even before the war,none of his movies had made so much money.
Further detailed retrospection indicates that "La Vache et le Prisonnier" thoroughly deserved its success.Even today,when it is on TV ,it attracts figures of million people.It is not certainly weaker than Renoir's "Le Caporal Epinglé" although Verneuil is not considered an "auteur".
During WW2, a prisoner tries to escape from Germany.It will not be a "great escape" .To get unnoticed he will travel with a cow called Marguerite (=Daisy).This unusual pairing en route to the man's homeland is not out of the woods.
Based on a true story, this entertaining movie features an unexpected funny (or sad more like!) ending.
The whole family can enjoy it:the children will love Marguerite.