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The young actor John Leyton, who guides Ryan through a series of trap doors and secret passages, also played Willie, one of the tunnel kings in "The Great Escape" just two years earlier.
Um... uh... What on Earth are you doing here, my child?
Maj. Eric Fincham: Oh, Padre, you are priceless!
Though the "Messerschmitts" attacking the train are clearly either Bf 108 Taifuns or the French postwar variant Nord 1000, and the distance shots show them as being four-seat aircraft, the close-ups on the pilots are glaringly of single-seat fighter cockpits, although the canopies are reasonably close to the Bf 109s the craft were meant to be.
The film credits and all promotion publicity still say "A Cinemascope Picture", and Alfred Newman's "extended" 20th Century-Fox fanfare is still heard on the soundtrack as the picture begins, but most of the film was actually shot in Panavision, at Frank Sinatra's insistence.
When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'U' rating. All cuts were waived in 1988 when the film was granted a 'PG' certificate for home video.
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