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Angels One Five (1952)

The story of an RAF fighter squadron at the height of the Battle of Britain.

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(screenplay) (as Derek Twist), (from an original story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Group Capt. 'Tiger' Small
Michael Denison ...
Squadron Leader Peter Moon
Andrew Osborn ...
Squadron Leader Bill Ponsford
Cyril Raymond ...
Squadron Leader Barry Clinton
Humphrey Lestocq ...
Flight Lt. 'Batchy' Salter
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Pilot Officer 'Septic' Baird
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Group Controller
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Nadine Clinton
Veronica Hurst ...
Betty Carfax
Amy Veness ...
Aunt Tabitha
Philip Stainton ...
Police Constable
John Barry ...
Pimpernel Pilot
Richard Dunn ...
Pimpernel Pilot
Elwin Daniel ...
Pimpernel Pilot (as Elwyn Daniel)
Russell Hunter ...
Pimpernel Pilot
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Storyline

'Septic' Baird has just joined a front line RAF squadron at the height of the Battle of Britain. This is the story of "The Few" and how they managed to fight off the might of the Luftwaffe despite overwhelming German air power. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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30 April 1954 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Joan Hickson was booked for a featured role but dropped out. See more »

Goofs

Moon informs Baird he is to fly as his Yellow 2. Later, when they are both running to their planes, he says "Don't forget, Septic, you're flying as my Black 2". See more »

Quotes

Group Captain 'Tiger' Small: Cribs won't help us! Suppose I'm in an aircraft that goes into a spin? Christmas daisies, where's my crib? And before I can find the right page, there's St. Peter, tap-tapping on my fuselage demanding my soul of me! Think that one over!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: ... Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say ... "THIS WAS THEIR FINEST HOUR" Winston Churchill JUNE 1940 See more »

Connections

Featured in Al Murray's Great British War Movies (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Arm in Arm
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Written by Stan Bradbury and Jim Church
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Bandits at twelve o'clock!
19 February 1999 | by (York, England) – See all my reviews

Typical fare for post-war British cinema-goers - stiff upper lips versus the might of the Nazi war machine.

Told over a few short weeks in 1940, the plot follows Pilot Officer 'Septic' Baird (John Gregson) as a fledgling Hurricane pilot posted to an operational squadron during the Battle of Britain. 'Septic' struggles stoically in the face of his boisterous comrades, an earnest would-be girlfriend and impossible numbers of enemy raiders. The Station Commander (Jack Hawkins) puts a human face on the RAF hierarchy, burdened by the knowledge that the fate of the nation really does depend on the skill of his young pilots. 'The few' eventually grasp victory but it doesn't come cheap.

Admittedly wooden by today's standards but, through films like this, a whole generation built up their Saturday afternoon understanding of the RAF's 'finest hour'.


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