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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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Edward Chapman ...
Mr. Johnson
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ATA Commandant
Joan Kemp-Welch ...
Mrs. Johnson
Brefni O'Rorke ...
Mac
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Lord Wakefield
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Anthony Shaw ...
Official
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Mayor of Croydon (as Eliott Makeham)
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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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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Sound System)

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The first film of Leslie Dwyer. See more »

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In some of the early flying scenes (India), the film has been transposed as the registration letters on the side of the aircraft are mirror images of what they should be. See more »

Quotes

Miss Bland: How can you expect to succeed in anything if you flout convention?
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Opening credits: F L E E T S T R E E T

JAN 5TH 1941 See more »

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Referenced in Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen: Censored (1996) See more »

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Kiss Me Goodnight
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Music by Mischa Spoliansky
Lyrics by William Kernell
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Wings and the woman
25 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

They Flew Alone is a creaky biopic of the British female flying legend Amy Johnson (Anna Neagle) who in the 1930s broke many solo flying records such as flying alone to Australia.

Johnson had a tumultuous marriage with fellow aviator Jim Mollison (Robert Newton). Although they had flying in common their exploits to fly as a duo were rarely successful and the marriage ended in no part due to his alcoholism and womanising.

During World War 2, Johnson served for the Air Transport Auxiliary and was tragically killed in a plane crash in January 1941.

This film was rushed out a year later primarily as a propaganda piece to boost female employment during the war in skilled professions such as mechanics and flying.

The film does a good job in showcasing a pre war female pioneer but Neagle despite a good attempt in doing a northern accent also shows her limited skills (although even a great actress would had found it difficult to pass herself off as a convincing schoolgirl at the beginning of the film.) She is just workmanlike and the film is pedestrian but works better with its feminist subtext.

At least Newton who is more restrained here than he was in later years as Long John Silver stands out as someone who loves Johnson but is too flawed to be her constant companion.


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