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

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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 ... See full summary »

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Rosamund John ...
Roland Culver ...
Anne Firth ...
Miss Harper
David Horne ...
Mr. Higgins
J.H. Roberts ...
Sir Robert McLean
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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Biography | Drama | War

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14 September 1942 (UK)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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

During test flight of the plane, a close-up of the cockpit was shown. The type of canopy in the scene is called a "Malcolm Hood" and was not used on early model Spitfires. See more »

Quotes

[Last lines]
Geoffrey Crisp: [Sotto voce, to the heavens] They can't take the Spitfires Mitch. They can't take 'em.
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Kraliwinkler
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Traditional
Arranged by Roy Douglas
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The first of the few

My father was one of the fighter pilots featured in this film (speaking part and "action " shots ) This film was part of his "war" ,if you like. To me ,this film represents the very best of British cinematography of its day and genre.I have some "stills " of the film and also quite a few w action shots (no pun intended !)on the open air set at RAF Ibsley in 1942. The soundtrack on most broadcast copies is rather poor,but the quality of the music score is beyond question.The composer ,william Walton was commissioned at the time but his music was not thought particularly noteworthy .It was not until the 1960's his music was accredited rightly in my view as a work of sheer brilliance. I agree with everything anthony Inglis has said in his commentary


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