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Raiders in the Sky (1953)

Appointment in London (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Romance, War | September 1955 (USA)
War drama about the dangerous and stressful work of Lancaster bomber British crews during WW2.

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Tim Mason
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Logan
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Eve Canyon
Bryan Forbes ...
Walter Fitzgerald ...
Mulvaney
Bill Kerr ...
Bill Brown
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Mac
Anne Leon ...
Pam Greeno
Charles Victor ...
Dobbie
Richard Wattis ...
Pascal
Carl Jaffe ...
German General
Sam Kydd ...
Ackroyd
Terence Longdon ...
Dr. Buchanan
Michael Ripper ...
Bomb Aimer
Campbell Singer ...
Flight Sergeant
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Wing-commander Tim Mason leads a squadron of Lancaster bombers on almost nightly raids from England. Having flown eighty-seven missions he will shortly be retiring from flying, but the strain is showing. He tries to make sure his men concentrate only on their job and so keeps women away from the base, but then he himself meets naval officer Eve Canyon. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Raiders in the Sky  »

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Nigel Stock was cast in a major featured role but dropped out before filming began. See more »

Goofs

Just before the RAF officers in the car meet Eve Canyon, played by Dinah Sheridan, standing next to her broken down car, William Sylvester is sitting next to the front passenger door. Then suddenly, William Sylvester is driving and Dirk Bogarde who wasn't in the car in the previous shot, is now sitting next to the front passenger door. See more »

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Closing credits epilogue: This story is humbly dedicated to all those airmen who were unable to keep an Appointment in London See more »

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Ride of the Valkyrie
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Music by Richard Wagner
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The last few are the hardest...
31 August 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Some of the best war films have been movies about the Allied bombing campaign of WWII. "Command Decision", "12 O'Clock High" and "Raiders in the Sky" are all excellent films--though the latter is set at a British bomber base whereas the first two are about American bases. While I wouldn't quite put this film in the same level as the other two in quality, it is awfully close and well worth your time.

The film centers around Wing Commander Mason (Dirk Bogarde). He's a very good pilot. However, his 87 missions is wearing on him and he's long overdue to be retired from the front line. Oddly, instead of being happy about this, Mason insists on being able to at least reach 90...and then he'll quit. The film is a nice portrait of Lancaster pilots and crew and because it was made not too long after the war, the filmmakers were able to use three airworthy bombers--which added to the realism.

So why do I think this one isn't quite up to the level of the American films? Well, mostly because Mason just seems to take the whole thing in stride (apart from insomnia) and he seems amazingly well adjusted...taking away from the tension that DID come because the other two films focused so strongly on the emotional toll. Still, a nice tribute to these brave men and well worth your time.


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