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Anne Burnaby (adaption)
Gilbert Gunn (writer)
Release Date:
27 October 1949 (UK) See more »
Rick (Michael Denison) is a costal command pilot patrolling the English Channel for U-Boats. He sinks what he believes is a German submarine... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Michael Denison ... Rick Chambers
Patricia Plunkett ... Mona
Kathleen Harrison ... Mona's Mother
Denis O'Dea ... Capt. Burnaby

David Tomlinson ... Binks
Joan Dowling ... Miriam, the Barmaid
A.E. Matthews ... Air Raid Warden
Maurice Denham ... Wing Cmdr. Hewitt
Margaretta Scott ... Mrs. Burnaby

Sebastian Shaw ... Wing Cmdr. Dickens
Nora Swinburne ... Admiral's Wife
Charles Victor ... Mona's Father

Laurence Harvey ... PO Hooper
Paul Carpenter ... PO Morgan
Frederick Leister ... Admiral Blackett
Hubert Gregg ... Lt. Cmdr. Dale
Walter Hudd ... Professor Legge
Margaret Barton ... Rosemary - Rick's Sister
Edith Sharpe ... Mrs. Chambers - Rick's Mother
Ivan Samson ... Commander Rutherford
Teddy Foster ... Himself (Leader, Teddy Foster and His Band) (as Teddy Foster and His Band)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Teddy Foster and His Band ... Group cast appearance

Joss Ackland ... O'Neil (uncredited)
Martin Boddey ... Civilian (uncredited)
James Carney ... Sgt. Hutchison (uncredited)
Gerald Case ... Squadron Leader Peterson (uncredited)
Bryan Coleman ... PO Weaver (uncredited)
Howard Douglas ... Porky Thomas - Naval Officer in Pub (uncredited)
James Drake ... White (uncredited)
Lyn Evans ... Rugson (uncredited)
Harry Fowler ... RAF Corporal Orderly (uncredited)
Scott Harrold ... Second Trawler Officer (uncredited)
Alastair Hunter ... Minesweeper Captain (uncredited)
Moultrie Kelsall ... Lt. 'Mouldy' James (uncredited)
Arthur Lawrence ... Minesweeper 2nd Officer (uncredited)
Andrea Lea ... Willow (uncredited)
Andrew Leigh ... Civilian Customer (uncredited)
John Maxwell ... Yeoman of the Signals (uncredited)
Jack May ... Old Man in Country Pub (uncredited)
Brian Nissen ... Lambert (uncredited)
Stanley Rose ... Uncle Bill (uncredited)
Arthur Sandifer ... Signalman (uncredited)
Dennis Vance ... Lt. Kitchen (uncredited)
Caven Watson ... Lt. Cmdr. Mitcheson (uncredited)
Norman Watson ... PO Jones (uncredited)
Digby Wolfe ... Pinsley (uncredited)

Directed by
Ken Annakin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Anne Burnaby  adaption
Gilbert Gunn  writer
Talbot Jennings  writer
Nevil Shute  novel

Produced by
Victor Skutezky .... producer
Original Music by
Philip Green 
Cinematography by
Wilkie Cooper 
Film Editing by
Peter Graham Scott 
Makeup Department
Eric Aylott .... makeup artist
Bob Clark .... makeup supervisor (uncredited)
Production Management
Gerry Mitchell .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Terry Hunter .... first assistant director
Cliff Owen .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Victor Croll .... chief draughtsman (uncredited)
Bertram Evans .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harold V. King .... recording director (as Harold King)
F. McNally .... sound mixer (as Frank McNally)
Cyril Brown .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Dennis Whitlock .... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Arthur Graham .... camera operator
Tony White .... focus puller (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alice McLaren .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
Music Department
Louis Levy .... musical director
Teddy Foster .... composer: dance music (uncredited)
Other crew
Joan Wyatt .... continuity
Leslie Frewin .... publicist (uncredited)
Thelma Orr .... assistant continuity (uncredited)

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Additional Details

86 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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An early film for Laurence Harvey. He has two lines.See more »
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A simple story, well told, 2 December 2004
Author: Kim Harris from Huntingdon, England

Being something of a Nevil Shute devotee, I have been trying to track down a copy of this film for some time and finally succeeded.

This is one of Shute's simpler stories but in common with most of his novels, it concerns the issues of good people doing a job well. It should be read, or viewed, bearing in mind the time that it was written and the social and political climate of the time.

Landfall is no exception to this caveat applicable to many films of the time. I was relieved to find that this was a straightforward adaptation of the novel and was told without any twists and turns and unnecessary changes to the plot (unlike "Far Country" - a mangled adaptation of a later Shute novel).

I was also pleasantly surprised to find that the acting was much better than I expected in a 1949 film of this type. The issues of class difference were nicely handled and the story is just enough to fill the time. The main protagonists are portrayed well by the leads, particularly Patricia Plunkett, who resists the temptation to overdo the differences between her barmaid character and her flying officer boyfriend. A few of the lesser parts are a little conventionally and slightly woodenly handled but the ensemble of Maurice Denham, Kathleen Harrison, Nora Swinburne and Margaretta Scott are reliable.

The early flying scenes are reasonably convincing but they go downhill somewhat with the special (or not so special) effects in the bomb trials. This really doesn't matter too much in the context of this type of film where the important aspects are the story and the character development.

A simple story, well told. It would be nice to see it added to the collection of available classic movies on DVD.

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