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The Bamboo Prison 1954
In North Korea, captured American soldiers including Cpl. Brady (Brian Keith) arrive at a POW camp manned by Chinese soldiers. Sick and starving, the new arrivals are greeted warmly by other American prisoners and Father Francis Dolan (E.G. Marshall). However, Brady and his men are shocked to find one prisoner, Sgt. John Rand (Robert Francis), being given preferential treatment as an openly traitorous collaborator, or "progressive." He gets a bed to sleep on while the others make do on the floor, with Rand refusing even to surrender his cot for a deathly ill prisoner.
However, Rand reveals his true colors to Brady a few days later...
The screenplay for The Bamboo Prison (by Edwin Blum and Jack DeWitt) was obviously influenced by Billy Wilder's recent (and very successful) WWII comedy-drama Stalag 17 (1953). It freely "borrows" several aspects of that film's plot and character types, but introduces a brainwashing motivation as well as a major female character.
Language: English | Subtitles: none
Genre: Drama, War
Director: Lewis Seiler
Cast: Robert Francis, Dianne Foster, Brian Keith, Jerome Courtland