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Tawny Pipit (1944)

Approved | | Comedy | 5 October 1947 (USA)
Jimmy Bancroft, a fighter pilot, who is recovering from injuries sustained during the Battle of Britain, and his nurse Hazel Broome, come across a pair of rare birds nestling in a field. ... See full summary »
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Reverend Kingsley
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Uncle Arthur
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Silver (as Lionel Watts)
Scott Harrold ...
Shuttleworth (as Scott Harold)
Arthur Burne ...
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Alec
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Ernie
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Jimmy Bancroft, a fighter pilot, who is recovering from injuries sustained during the Battle of Britain, and his nurse Hazel Broome, come across a pair of rare birds nestling in a field. After a run in with the army, and a couple of thieves, they, with the cooperation of the village people and the Ornithology Society, help the eggs to hatch. A wonderful look at life in a small village, during World War II. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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5 October 1947 (USA)  »

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Poema da Paz  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The birds in the film aren't actually Tawny Pipits, they are Meadow Pipits. Tawny Pipits are very rare in the UK (even more so in wartime when this film was made) and it wasn't possible to find any to film. The rarity of the Tawny Pipit is a major thread to the story. It was decided to photograph a pair of ordinary meadow pipits and keep to shots which showed the back view only; the tawny has a plain breast and the meadow a speckled one, but their back plumage is very similar. See more »

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End credits: 'AND The Tawny Pipits- Mr and Mrs Pipit'. See more »

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But it's not actually a tawny pipit !
26 October 2001 | by (Upper Slaughter, England) – See all my reviews

The film was largely shot in Lower Slaughter and is a fascinating historical record of the Cotswolds during WW2. Today Lower Slaughter is a much visited village; the buildings are largely unchanged and the mill wheel still turns, if only for show. In "An eye for a Bird" 1970 Eric Hosking, who was the ornithological advisor for the film wrote : "It was decided that it was quite impossible to contemplate filming an actual tawny pipit; it nests mainly on the Continent where the war was raging. It was decided to photograph a pair of ordinary meadow pipits and keep to shots which showed the back view only; the tawny has a plain breast and the meadow a speckled one, but their back plumage is very similar."


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