Can anyone identify this POW escape film for me?

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I'm doing a project around The Great Escape from 1963 and looking at other POW escape films. I seem to remember one (but I may be totally mis-remembering) in which the escapees use the diversion of a stage play or variety show to escape underneath the theater after they go behind stage just before the curtain call. I recall they play a record to cover their escape and the last shot is of the stage or curtain with the record playing on and on. I thought it might be The McKenzie Break, which I hadn't seen since 1970, but it's not. It's not The Colditz Story (although there they do escape from beneath a stage). I haven't seen John Huston's Victory in ages but summaries on-line say they escape from a shower room, not under the theater.

Any ideas?


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I may suggest "Soweit die Füße tragen", a miniseries from 1950s and the remake made in 2001, and Peter Weir's "The Way Back" (2010) about Polish refugees from Gulag.

It might be "Escape from Athena" (1979).

Escape to Athena (1979)?

Jean Renoir's La Grande Illusion has a memorable Vaudeville scene, but they don't escape, they just end up singing La Marseillaise, and the protagonist Boeldieu ends up in solitary confinement.