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Spitfire (1942)
"The First of the Few" (original title)

Approved  |   |  Biography, Drama, War  |  14 September 1942 (UK)
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Aircraft designer/patriot R. J. Mitchell, alarmed at growing German militarism, works to perfect a defense against the German Messerschmidt at the cost of his health.

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Rosamund John ...
Roland Culver ...
Anne Firth ...
David Horne ...
Mr. Higgins
J.H. Roberts ...
Sir Robert McLean (as J. H. Roberts)
Derrick De Marney ...
Squadron Leader Jefferson
Rosalyn Boulter ...
Mabel Lovesay
Herbert Cameron ...
MacPherson
Toni Edgar-Bruce ...
Lady Houston (as Toni Edgar Bruce)
Gordon McLeod ...
Major Buchan
George Skillan ...
Mr. Royce
Erik Freund ...
Messerschmitt
Fritz Wendhausen ...
Von Straben (as F. R. Wendhausen)
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By the late 1920's aircraft designer R.J. Mitchell feels he has achieved all he wants with his revolutionary mono-planes winning trophy after trophy. But a holiday in Germany shortly after Hitler assumes power convinces him that it is vital to design a completely new type of fighter plane and that sooner or later Britain's very survival may depend on what he comes to call the Spitfire. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Trivia

This film's opening credits state: "Starring pilots and other personnel of Fighter Command Royal Air Force." See more »

Goofs

When the Spitfire squadron is returning early in the movie, the "Skipper" is coming in and the markings on the airplane are "SD" "L" ... after he crashes (no flap landing), the markings are "SD" "E" ... See more »

Quotes

Reginald J. Mitchell: [Approaching Mitch] Well, how are you? Oh, I see you need a proper holiday.
Reginald J. Mitchell: Do I?
Reginald J. Mitchell: [Thinking about it] Yeah, I do. Hadn't thought of that'
Reginald J. Mitchell: [Yelling to his wife inside the cottage] Diama!
Geoffrey Crisp: Look, I'm going away next week. Both of you come with me.
Reginald J. Mitchell: No. Why didn't you tell me that before?
Reginald J. Mitchell: [Calling his wife inside the cottage again] Diana! And look who's here.
Diana Mitchell: Hello, Geoff.
Geoffrey Crisp: Hello, Diana.
Reginald J. Mitchell: Here, we're going to have a holiday.
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Opening credits prologue: Zero Day September 15th, 1940 See more »

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La Marcia Reale
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Music by Giuseppe Gabetti
Arranged by Roy Douglas
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Propaganda, but wonderful propaganda
27 May 2006 | by (Southsea, UK) – See all my reviews

'The First of the Few' relates the story of the development of the Supermarine Spitfire by R.J.Mitchell, although as almost anyone who knows anything about the 'Battle of Britain' will tell you, around 70% of the Royal Air Force's front line fighters were Hawker Hurricanes. Slower, but a more stable and resilient gun platform than the Spitfire. In the Battle of Britain (fought in the summer of 1940) the Royal Air Force deployed the Hurricanes against bombers, while the more agile Spitfires engaged their fighter escorts. The Hurricane was designed by Sydney Camm (1893-1966) who designed many post-war jet aircraft including the Hawker Hunter - maybe someone should make a film of his life. An uncle of mine was an ace with 6 kills to his credit, flying a Hurricane from Malta. His aircraft was short down by British anti-aircraft fire on 29-12-1941. No, there's nothing new about friendly fire. William Walton's music also makes a great contribution to the film, and is now rightly (popular as the 'Spitfire Prelude and Fugue')in the concert hall.


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