Cast & Crew
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.
René G. Vuattoux
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.