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Raiders in the Sky (1953)
"Appointment in London" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Drama, Romance, War  |  September 1955 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Tim Mason
Ian Hunter ...
Logan
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Eve Canyon
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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 ...
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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According to Dirk Bogarde, the character of Tim Mason was based on Wing Commander Guy Gibson who led the Dambusters raid in May 1943. Gibson was at one stage the commanding officer of 106 squadron and one of the flight commanders was Squadron Leader John Wooldridge, co-writer and composer for "Appointment in London". See more »

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When Wing Commander Mason (Dirk Bogarde) removes Pilot Officer Greeno's name from the crew list on the blackboard, he tells the Adjutant that "One one eight squadron is standing down". In fact the squadron's number in the film is one eight eight. 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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No clichés or extended heroics here
2 February 2013 | by (Chennai (Madras) India) – See all my reviews

I had seen this film when I was in school where it was shown as part of educational films screened by one of my schoolmasters who had himself served in the Royal Indian Air Force in Burma.Today I own a copy on DVD. The exploits of people in Bomber Command is brought out with extreme accuracy to the screen by creating an atmosphere that is taut and realistic. Dirk Bogarde gives one of his best performances as the Wing Commander who is definitely cracking under the stress of command but does not want to accept it. The scenes where he gives Bryan Forbes a dressing down will certainly strike a chord where his sense of responsibility to the team is exposed. The accuracy of operations of RAF Bombers during night sorties right from the point of take off, to the tension of the ground staff till their return is brilliantly photographed. There are no clichés or extended heroics quite common in similar films but dark realism of survival during the war with the atmosphere of the airfields and aircrew intact. Being the son of an Air Force officer who did some war service in India the realism is striking. I would certainly recommend it to the younger viewers who need to study such situations.


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