Among the prisoners at the German camp in the movie are two Scots – Macdonald ‘Intelligence’ and Ives ‘The Mole’, played by two real-life Glaswegians Gordon Jackson and Angus Lennie respectively. The two actually share little screen time together, however there is one scene – as Steve McQueen and James Garner distribute moonshine to celebrate American Independence Day – in which the two Scotsmen merrily celebrate their roots.
Macdonald tells a troubled looking Ives “Och, never mind – you’ll be walking down Argyle Street in a couple of weeks man” (sadly this prediction is shattered just minutes later), and then the two dance a jig singing “Wha’ saw the tattie howkers” – including the lyrics “Marching through the Broomielaw”.
Incidentally the film features a third Glaswegian (although not playing a Scottish part) in David McCallum. And two other towns – Musselburgh and Hamilton – get a name check when Ives is recounting his horse racing days to McQueen’s Hilts during the pair’s time in “the cooler”.