The Cow and I


1h 58m 1961

Brief Synopsis

In 1942, a French prisonner of war in Germany decide to escape to France using a cow hold by a lunge as a decoy. He cross all Germany in this way.

Film Details

Also Known As
La vacca e il prigioniero, La vache et le prisonnier
Release Date
Jan 1961
Premiere Information
New York opening: 5 Jun 1961
Production Company
DA. MA. Film; Les Films du Cyclope; Omnia Film
Distribution Company
Zenith International Film Corp.
Country
France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 58m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

Charles Bailly, a World War II French prisoner of war, devises a clever means of escaping from a German prison farm. A farmer's wife, Helga, lends him one of the cows, Marguerite, and a milk pail. Charles sets out to walk to Stuttgart and to reach the border by posing as a laborer from a nearby farm. En route, he is briefly forced to work at a lumber camp; Marguerite has a romantic interlude with an amorous bull; and Charles robs a German supply truck, only to find he has taken nothing but candles and medical supplies. When he and Marguerite reach the Danube, Charles discovers that all the bridges have been destroyed by air raids. With only a rowboat available, he sadly bids Marguerite goodby, but the resourceful cow crosses the river on a pontoon bridge. Reunited, Charles and Marguerite resume their journey and safely reach Stuttgart. Now Charles must leave Marguerite, and after a tearful farewell, he hops a freight train and arrives in France. He runs into the collaborating French security police, however, and is forced to jump another train to escape them. Unhappily, Charles boards one going in the wrong direction, and he is carried back into Germany.

Film Details

Also Known As
La vacca e il prigioniero, La vache et le prisonnier
Release Date
Jan 1961
Premiere Information
New York opening: 5 Jun 1961
Production Company
DA. MA. Film; Les Films du Cyclope; Omnia Film
Distribution Company
Zenith International Film Corp.
Country
France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 58m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

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Notes

Opened in Paris in December 1959 as La vache et le prisonnier; running time: 119 min; in Rome in April 1960 as La vacca e il prigioniero; running time: 90 min.