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Wings and the Woman (1942)

They Flew Alone (original title)
The story of flyer Amy Johnson who won the hearts of the British public in the 1930s with her record-breaking solo flights around the world. Her marriage to fellow aviator Jim Mallison was ... See full summary »

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Jim Mollison
Edward Chapman ...
Mr. Johnson
Nora Swinburne ...
ATA Commandant
Joan Kemp-Welch ...
Mrs. Johnson
Brefni O'Rorke ...
Mac
Charles Carson ...
Lord Wakefield
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Miss Bland
Anthony Shaw ...
Official
Eliot Makeham ...
Mayor of Croydon (as Eliott Makeham)
David Horne ...
Solicitor
Miles Malleson ...
Vacuum Salesman
Aubrey Mallalieu ...
Bill, the Barber
Charles Victor ...
Postmaster
Hay Petrie ...
Old General
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The story of flyer Amy Johnson who won the hearts of the British public in the 1930s with her record-breaking solo flights around the world. Her marriage to fellow aviator Jim Mallison was less noteworthy. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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SHE LED THE PARADE FROM SILK TO KHAKI! -- This girl who bolted a white-collar job to win her place in the air force...it's the amazing story of Amy and her Jim -- The Flying Mollisons. See more »

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18 September 1942 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Closing credits: And to all the Amy Johnson's of today, who have fought and won the battle of the straw hat - who have driven through centuries of convention - who have abandoned the slogan 'Safety First' in their fight for freedom 'from fear-from want-from persecution'- we dedicate this film. See more »

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The telegram she receives from the King after her 1930 flight to Australia is dated 1944. Stranger still since this film was released in 1942. See more »

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Referenced in Great Performances: Kiss Me Kate (2003) See more »

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Dusty Rhythm
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Music by Mischa Spoliansky
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A great period piece
21 August 2003 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

If any scholar of film wants to know better why the British Film Industry died on its feet, then watch this one. Essentially a propaganda piece whose aim was to (belatedly) encourage women into the second-line in WWII, with the achievements of Amy Johnson merely as the McGuffin (pardon my Hitchcock phraseology!). The stiff-upper lip was rarely stiffer, though the legendary Newton was less hammy than usual (recall he gave us the Long John Silver that we automatically think of). Once the need for propaganda had passed (along with its better actors) the British Film Industry had no real subject matter to interest anyone other than parochial Brits (I would only exempt David Lean and his entourage from this) and died a slow and painful death. It would have been better if this subject had been tackled after the War and concentrated more on Amy's endeavours (and indeed those of the great Jim Mollison).


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