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Malta Story (1953)

Approved | | Drama, History, War | 5 August 1954 (USA)
In WW2, the island of Malta, strategically located and vital to supply lines in the Mediterranean Sea, is fiercely attacked by the Germans but staunchly defended by the British.


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Cast overview:
Air CO Frank
Wing Cmdr Bartlett
Muriel Pavlow ...
Maria Gonzar
Joan Rivers (as Renee Asherson)
Hugh Burden ...
Eden, Security
Giuseppe Gonzar aka Ricardi
Reginald Tate ...
Vice Adm Payne
Ralph Truman ...
Vice Adm Willie Banks
Melita Gonzar, Maria's Mum


In 1942 Britain was clinging to the island of Malta since it was critical to keeping Allied supply lines open. The Axis also wanted it for their own supply lines. Plenty of realistic reenactments and archival combat footage as the British are beseiged and try to fight off the Luftwaffe. Against this background, a RAF reconnaissance photographer's romance with a local girl is endangered as he tries to plot enemy movements. Written by Derek Picken <dpicken@email.msn.com>

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5 August 1954 (USA)  »

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A Ilha Heróica  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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First feature of Lee Patterson. See more »


The Spitfires that arrive on Malta in the early part of the film are low back models with teardrop canopies, which were not in wide spread service in 1942, when the film is set. See more »


Flight Lt. Peter Ross: Hello.
Maria Gonzar: Hello.
Flight Lt. Peter Ross: So... you weren't killed.
Maria Gonzar: No... I hardly ever am.
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Opening credits prologue: MALTA 1942 See more »

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4 May 2002 | by (Swindon, England) – See all my reviews

A no-frills account of the siege of the mediterranean island of Malta during WW2. Most of the action is seen through the eyes of a very young Alec Guinness, a reconnaissance photographer stranded on Malta en route to Egypt. While on the island he romances a local girl in between hazardous flying missions. Much weight is given to the courage of the islanders in the face of appalling hardships, for which the island was awarded the George Cross by the British.

The British cast (mainly now deceased) is distinguished, and stiff upper lips are much in evidence.

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