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Writers:
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Release Date:
27 June 1942 (UK) See more »
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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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An Anglo-Dutch Treat See more (20 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
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)

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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102 min | USA:82 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:S | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1946) | Sweden:15 | UK:U

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Trivia:
John Seabourne Sr. directed the "Lobster Pot" scenes in the North Sea despite being seasick the whole time.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Whilst on the Dutch road, the airmen are passed by a supposedly German armoured car. The vehicle is actually a British-made Humber.See more »
Quotes:
Else Meertens:Do you think that we Hollanders who threw the sea out of our country will let the Germans have it? Better the sea.See more »
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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
An Anglo-Dutch Treat, 12 June 2004
Author: Norman K. Gillen (norman.gillen@hotmail.com) from Corpus Christi TX

Following up on their first three collaborative successes ("The Spy in Black," "Contraband," and "The 49th Parallel"), director Michael Powell and scenarist Emeric Pressburger formed their own production company, The Archers, and "One of Our Aircraft Is Missing" (1942) was the firm's first project.

This World War II-drama is a clever reworking of "The 49th Parallel" (1941), a story of six German sailors marooned in Canada when their submarine is bombed by Allied pilots; the rest of the movie depicted their attempts to cross over into then-neutral U.S of A. This time around, in "One of Our Aircraft...," the heroes are six members of a British RAF bombing crew. We watch as they take off for the Continent one evening on a bombing raid and sample their conversation before they reach the target. After dropping their bombs on a Stuttgart industrial plant, their Wellington aircraft suffers a direct hit from German flak. The crippled airplane flies as far as Nazi-occupied Holland before the crew decide to bail. The rest of the film chronicles their efforts to return to England while avoiding capture, with the assistance of various Dutch civilians.

Just as "The 49th Parallel" was Powell's wartime love-letter to Canada, "One of Our Aircraft Is Missing" serves the same purposes for his locale here – the Netherlands. The film opens with a close-up of a document, signed by leaders of the Dutch government-in-exile, informing us of the names of a half-dozen Dutch citizens who were caught, tried, and executed for performing acts against Germany's Occupation Forces – i.e., helping downed Allied fliers return to their bases in England. This visual device, the close-up of official paperwork, is repeated throughout the film. At certain intervals between episodes, Powell fills the screen with other documents and examples of bureaucratic red tape – mostly applications to Nazi officialdom by the Dutch, asking permission for such mundane matters as attending churches, visiting relatives in other villages, viewing football(soccer) matches. Off- screen, we hear the rude commentary of a German Commandant as he stamps his reluctant approval on each application. The purpose of this motif is clear: to establish to British audiences what life in England would be, should it be overrun and occupied by an enemy who insist on running the world with "an orderly mind." The whole film is a wartime morale-poster: "Keep a Stiff Upper Lip" and "We Can Take It," etc. (This last slogan, we are clued by one of the movie's Dutch characters, was actually first used by Holland 150 years prior.)

The crew represents an interesting cross-section of England: Sir George Corbett (played by Godfrey Tearle, who was the treasonous villain in Hitchcock's "The 39 Steps"), the "old man" of the half-dozen, a WWI vet who wants to have another go at the Hun; Geof Hickman (Bernard Miles), the amiable Cockney; Frank Shelley (Hugh Williams), a tragedian who never passes up the chance to boast of his wife's impending BBC singing performance; Tom Earnshaw (Eric Portman), a Midlands farmer, gloating over pictures of his prize-winning sheep; Bob Ashley (Emrys Jones), the professional soccer-player who is temporarily separated from the other five and accidentally falls in with a Dutch football team after the crew's bailout; and the pilot, John Haggard (Hugh Burden), who bears a coincidental resemblance to a younger version of the film's director, Powell. (Powell himself appears early in the film as an air-traffic controller – or "director" – reciting such lines as "Q for Queenie, you are now clear for takeoff.")

The Dutch patriots are a fine, spirited lot: Pamela Brown and Googie Withers (a serious actress, despite the name, and a good one too) play two women who in large part are responsible for the downed fliers' safekeeping. Robert Helpmann, appears as a leering Nazi collaborator. And a very young Peter Ustinov has a small role as a Catholic priest.

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