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Writers:
Emeric Pressburger (by)
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Release Date:
27 June 1942 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A sensational characterisation you wouldn't believe possible See more »
Plot:
When Nazi anti-aircraft fire damages a British bomber, its crew bails out and seeks help from the Dutch underground. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win See more »
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One of the best war films made during World War II, from one of Britain's finest film-making teams See more (20 total) »

Cast

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Godfrey Tearle ... Sir George Corbett - Rear Gunner in B for Bertie
Eric Portman ... Tom Earnshaw - Second Pilot in B for Bertie
Hugh Williams ... Frank Shelley - Observer / Navigator in B for Bertie

Bernard Miles ... Geoff Hickman - Front Gunner in B for Bertie
Hugh Burden ... John Glyn Haggard - Pilot in B for Bertie
Emrys Jones ... Bob Ashley - Radio Operator in B for Bertie
Pamela Brown ... Els Meertens

Joyce Redman ... Jet van Dieren

Googie Withers ... Jo de Vries
Hay Petrie ... The Burgomaster
Selma Vaz Dias ... Burgomeister's wife (as Selma Van Dias)
Arnold Marlé ... Pieter Sluys

Robert Helpmann ... De Jong

Peter Ustinov ... The Priest
Alec Clunes ... The Organist
Hector Abbas ... Driver
James B. Carson ... Louis
Willem Akkerman ... Willem
Joan Akkerman ... Maartje
Peter Schenke ... Hendrik
Valerie Moon ... Jannie
John Salew ... German Sentry
William D'Arcy ... German Officer
David Ward ... 1st German Airman
Robert Duncan ... 2nd German Airman
Roland Culver ... Naval Officer

Robert Beatty ... Sgt. Hopkins
Michael Powell ... Despatching Officer
Stewart Rome ... Cmdr. Reynold
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Arnold ... (uncredited)
Jimmy Baker ... Cornelius - Son of the Burgomeister (uncredited)
Cliff Bastin ... Football Player (uncredited)

James Donald ... (uncredited)
John England ... (uncredited)
David Evans ... Len Martin (uncredited)

Gordon Jackson ... (uncredited)
John Longden ... Ground Officer (uncredited)
Gerry Wilmot ... Announcer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michael Powell 
Emeric Pressburger 
 
Writing credits
Emeric Pressburger (by)

Michael Powell (written by) and
Emeric Pressburger (written by)

Produced by
Stanley Haynes .... associate producer
Michael Powell .... producer
Emeric Pressburger .... producer
John Corfield .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Ronald Neame (photographer)
 
Film Editing by
David Lean 
 
Art Direction by
David Rawnsley 
 
Production Management
Sydney Streeter .... unit manager (as Sydney S. Streeter)
 
Sound Department
C.C. Stevens .... sound recorder
A.W. Watkins .... sound supervisor (as A. W. Watkins)
 
Special Effects by
Frederick Ford .... special effects (as F. Ford)
Douglas Woolsey .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Krasker .... associate photographer (as Bob Krasker)
Jim Body .... clapper boy (uncredited)
Fred Daniels .... still photographer: portraits (uncredited)
Frederick Ford .... director of photography: model shots of raid over Stuttgart (uncredited)
Guy Green .... camera operator (uncredited)
Robert Krasker .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Thelma Connell .... associate editor (as Thelma Myers)
 
Other crew
Betty Curtis .... continuity secretary
Joan Page .... production secretary
James P. Power .... technical adviser (as James P. Power R.B.A.)
John Seabourne Sr. .... associate director (as John Seabourne)
M. Sluyser .... technical adviser
Bill Paton .... assistant: Mr Powell (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
102 min | USA:82 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:S | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1946) | Sweden:15 | UK:U

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The first film to carry the joint credit "Written, Produced and Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger" which would be used on 14 feature films over the next 14 years.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The Germans are wearing First World War uniforms and equipment.See more »
Quotes:
[as RAF bombers approach]
Jo de Vries:You see. That's what you're doing for us. Can you hear them running for shelter? Can you understand what that means to all the occupied countries? To enslaved people, having it drummed into their ears that the Germans are masters of the Earth. Seeing those masters running for shelter. Seeing them crouching under tables. And hearing that steady hum night after night. That noise which is oil for the burning fire in our hearts.
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28 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
One of the best war films made during World War II, from one of Britain's finest film-making teams, 15 May 2001
Author: robertguttman from Tappan, New York

One of the best war films produced World War II, `One of Our Aircraft is Missing' is the product of one of the best British filmmaking teams of the 1940s, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. The makers of such unusual and memorable films as `The Red Shoes' and `Black Narcissus', Powel and Pressburger's films were never like anyone else's. Their approach to a wartime propaganda film was equally different.

`One of Our Aircraft is Missing' begins dramatically with the crash of an RAF Vickers Wellington bomber designated `B-For Bertie', and then flashes back to the events leading thereto. The viewer is introduced to the six members of crew, and learns that they had actually bailed out of their crippled aircraft prior to the crash, landing in Nazi-occupied Holland. The remainder of the story describes their escape back to Britain.

What makes this film different from the conventional Hollywood treatment of similar subject matter is that `One of Our Aircraft is Missing' stresses the courage and resourcefulness of the Dutch civilians rather than the aircrew. Indeed, it made manifestly clear that the British crew could never have escaped without the assistance of a great many ordinary Dutch people of all ages and both sexes. The characters, both British and Dutch, are all well drawn Surprisingly enough, even the Germans are depicted as not entirely inhuman. `They want to be liked', says one Dutch patriot who has wormed her way into their confidence by posing as a Quisling.

From a historical perspective, this film is of interest due to its depiction of RAF Bomber Command operations during the early part of World War II, as well as details of the interior of the famous Wellington Bomber. It is also worth seeing as early example of the work of legendary film director David Lean (`Oliver Twist', `Bridge Over the River Kwai', `Lawrence of Arabia', Doctor Zhivago', Ryan's Daughter', etc), who served as Film Editor. There is also an early performance by a very young (and thin) Peter Ustinov, who acts in Dutch and Latin as well as English. All in all, this film is well worth a look.

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