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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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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »
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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

The word "angels" in the title was Second World War RAF slang for altitude: "angels one five" refers to an altitude of 15,000 feet. See more »

Goofs

Jack Hawkins' Group Captain "Tiger" Small tests the fighter station guard by trying to bully his way past Peter Jones' sentry without showing his ID. Forcefully challenged by the sentry, the Group Captain shows his ID but it's upside down yet still gets the sentry's glanced approval. See more »

Quotes

Squadron Leader Barry Clinton: [When the enemy first bombs their airfield, and he embodies the attitude of the whole nation] This is where we learn to take it.
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Closing credits: Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. See more »

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So Deep Is The Night
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Music by Frédéric Chopin
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Defending The Realm
23 August 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Angels One Five covers a lot of the same ground as the more lavishly produced Battle Of Britain. But the same story about just a very few defending the realm and so many owing their freedom and their very existence to this relatively small bunch of men and women. One thing I do have to point out is that the contribution made by the women working in the operation center.

Jack Hawkins is a stern and resolute commander of a coastal Royal Air Force Base. He's got some strict standards of behavior, the strictest being for himself. The bulk of the film is concerning the arrival of a new pilot who doesn't near and endear himself to Hawkins by crashing a a new Hurricane fighter that he was ferrying to the base. John Gregson plays the new man and Hawkins assigns him to the operations center, the better for him to see a whole picture of their situation before flying.

Gregson in his own way is stiff and formal, memorizing a whole book of regulations. But that's hardly a substitute for experience and common sense.

Some aerial combat situations, but mostly this movie is about the day to life on the base and the attacks there on. In the best stiff upper lip tradition they follow what Horatio Nelson said about England expects every man (and woman) to do his duty.

And so they did and rather gloriously.


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