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Raiders in the Sky (1953) More at IMDbPro »Appointment in London (original title)

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September 1955 (USA) See more »
War drama about the dangerous and stressful work of Lancaster bomber British crews during WW2. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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. See more (17 total) »


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Dirk Bogarde ... Tim Mason

Ian Hunter ... Logan

Dinah Sheridan ... Eve Canyon

Bryan Forbes ... The Brat
Walter Fitzgerald ... Mulvaney

Bill Kerr ... Bill Brown

William Sylvester ... 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
Harold Siddons ... Saunders
Anthony Shaw ... Smithy
Anthony Forwood ... Navigation Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ronald Adam ... Instructor (uncredited)
Arnold Bell ... Padre (uncredited)

Peter Brace ... RAF officer (uncredited)

John Colicos ... Pip (uncredited)
Eric Corrie ... Rear Gunner (uncredited)

Carl Duering ... German Duty Officer (uncredited)

Edward Evans ... A.C. Bridges (uncredited)
John Fabian ... Dizzy (uncredited)

Wolf Frees ... German Luftwaffe Officer (uncredited)

Alan Gifford ... US General (uncredited)

Maurice Kaufmann ... RAF Officer (uncredited)
Lloyd Lamble ... Weather Man (uncredited)
John Martin ... Sergeant - Control Caravan (uncredited)
Gillian Maude ... WAAF Officer (uncredited)
Allan McClelland ... Wireless Operator Flight Sgt. (uncredited)
Desmond Roberts ... Admiral Parker (uncredited)

William Russell ... RAF Officer (uncredited)
Don Sharp ... Mid Upper Gunner (uncredited)

Nigel Stock ... Co-Pilot (uncredited)
Stephen Vercoe ... Sgt Pilot Finch (uncredited)
Tom Walls Jr. ... Gunnery Leader (uncredited)
Donovan Winter ... Navigator (uncredited)

Directed by
Philip Leacock 
Writing credits
John Wooldridge (screenplay) and
Robert Westerby (screenplay)

John Wooldridge (from an original story by)

Produced by
Aubrey Baring .... producer
Maxwell Setton .... producer
Original Music by
John Wooldridge 
Cinematography by
Stephen Dade (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Vladimir Sagovsky  (as V. Sagovsky)
Art Direction by
Donald M. Ashton  (as Don Ashton)
Costume Design by
Sheila Graham 
Makeup Department
Jim Hydes .... makeup artist
Helen Penfold .... hair stylist
Production Management
C.R. Foster-Kemp .... production manager (as Cecil R. Foster Kemp)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Bell .... second assistant director (as Anthony Bell)
Cecil F. Ford .... assistant director (as Cecil Ford)
Richmond Harding .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Douglas Hickox .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
David Morrison .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Peter Mullins .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Buster Ambler .... sound mixer (as A. Ambler)
Gerry Anderson .... dubbing editor (as G. Anderson)
John Cox .... sound supervisor
Norman Daines .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
Sandy Fairlie .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Barbara Hopkins .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
Bob Jones .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
Red Law .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
Dick Longstaff .... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
Ken Ritchie .... boom operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Moray Grant .... camera operator (as R.D. Moray Grant)
Steve Birtles .... electrician (uncredited)
J. Davies .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Gerry Fisher .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Charles French .... camera operator: aerial photography (uncredited)
Laurie Ridley .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bill Walsh .... wardrobe master
Editorial Department
Gerry Anderson .... assembly cutter (uncredited)
David Elliott .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
Peter Saunders .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
John Wooldridge .... conductor
Other crew
Constance Willis .... continuity (as Connie Willis)
Crew believed to be complete

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • Air Ministry, The  the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance, advice and facilities provided by (as the Air Ministry)
  • Royal Air Force (RAF)  the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance, advice and facilities provided by (as the Royal Air Force)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Appointment in London" - UK (original title)
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96 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

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 this film.See more »
Factual errors: When they make the bombing run the bomb-aimer calls out 'left a bit' and 'right a bit' to guide the pilot. The correct calls were 'left left' and 'right'.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Into the Wind (2011)See more »
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20 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
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
Author: d-bingham from United Kingdom

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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