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Angels One Five (1952)

 -  Drama | War  -  30 April 1954 (USA)
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'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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Group Captain 'Tiger' Small
Michael Denison ...
Squadron Leader Peter Moon
Andrew Osborn ...
Squadron Leader Bill Ponsford
Cyril Raymond ...
Squadron Leader Barry Clinton
Humphrey Lestocq ...
Flight Lieutenant 'Batchy' Salter
John Gregson ...
Pilot Officer Baird / Pilot Officer 'Septic' Baird
Ronald Adam ...
Group Controller
Dulcie Gray ...
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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'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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Some of the Hurricane fighters in the film were borrowed from the Portuguese government. See more »

Goofs

When Nutmeg and Beeswax squadrons are getting airborne, the lookout reports: "12 Spitfires taking off." The aircraft used are Hurricanes, and are referred to as such throughout the film - including by Baird, speaking in the control room immediately after the lookout's report. While almost all the aircraft in the movie are Hurricanes, the fighters shown taking off right after the lookout's report are indeed Spitfires. You can tell by the way their landing gear folds outwards towards the wingtip. A Hurricane's gear is set further out on the wing and folds inwards towards the body of the plane. The video quality of this scene is not up to the high quality found in the rest of the movie, and it's obviously stock footage. Unless it was added to later digital versions of the movie to correct the continuity error, no error actually occurs. See more »

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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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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 »

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RAF March Past
(1918) (uncredited)
Music by H. Walford Davies
Arranged by Sydney Baynes
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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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