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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
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Walter Fitzgerald ...
Mulvaney
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Bill Brown
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Mac
Anne Leon ...
Pam Greeno
Charles Victor ...
Dobbie
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Pascal
Carl Jaffe ...
German General
Sam Kydd ...
Ackroyd
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Dr. Buchanan
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Bomb Aimer
Campbell Singer ...
Flight Sergeant
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Storyline

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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Drama | Romance | War

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Raiders in the Sky  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Opening credits: All characters and events depicted in this motion picture are purely fictitious and any similarity to any person living or dead or to any actual event is purely coincidental. See more »

Goofs

When Mason and the American board the aircraft for the last mission they are not wearing any flying gear - only normal uniforms. At the altitude flown they would have risked frostbite and hypothermia due to the cold. See more »

Crazy Credits

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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Soundtracks

Ride of the Valkyrie
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Music by Richard Wagner
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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Probably the most realistic movie on Bomber Command in WWII
22 April 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is probably the most realistic drama filmed about Bomber Command late in WWII. The technical details are superb.. the right aircraft in the right locations with the correct props and background.

The acting really is first class and if it seems a little stilted then that's how it was then... if you don't believe me watch "Target for Tonight" which covered a Wellington Bomber mission early in the war and used real RAF crews .

There are no over the top heroics, but the mood is just right, with a constant tension even in moments of relaxation... the war had become a relentless exercise in mechanised killing with operational crews knowing that the chances of them living to complete a full tour of 30 operations was one in four at best, but they just got on with it. far better than "The Dam Busters".


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