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

 -  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Tim Mason
Ian Hunter ...
Logan
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Eve Canyon
Bryan Forbes ...
The Brat
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 ...
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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Nigel Stock was cast in major featured role but dropped out before filming. See more »

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When Tim arrived by himself at the pub he lights a cigarette, then removes some tobacco from his tongue with his fingers. He rubs his fingers together and moves the cigarette pack. As we cut to the next shot he rubs his fingers together again and moves the pack again. 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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Written by Don Pelosi and Leo Towers
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Well written and well acted film which grabs and holds your interest. Don't be put off by the slightly stodgy title. It is truly an excellent film.
13 June 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favourite WW2 films and yet I only discovered it in the last few years.

The script is well written, the acting particularly by Dirk Bogarde and Dinah Sheriden is excellent and believable. The footage of night bombing raids and the master bomber techniques it shows is by far the best of any film covering this subject.

The film accurately portrays the life of a bomber squadron on "maximum effort". The pilot who survived because he went on leave before a high casualty raid. The fatigue and stress of being up night after night either flying or in the "Ops" room. The Wing Commander's sheer bloodymindedness and a sense of having to finish the tour is set against the knowledge of those around him that statistically his number should have come up several times already.

This is truly excellent film. It doesn't surprise me that it has escaped the list of great war films because of its slightly stodgy title but it's up there with some of the best.


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