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Angels One Five (1952)

 |  Drama, War  |  30 April 1954 (USA)
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The story of a RAF fighter squadron at the height of the Battle of Britain.

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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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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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The Pilot Officer - he found it needed more than 'wings' to make a pilot ... See more »

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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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The film was used as part of the RAF Initial Officer Training at RAF Cranwell (at least until the 1990s), as it deals with the conflict of man-management of others versus having to perform the task as well, whilst put in a setting that would be relevant to future officers. 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 »

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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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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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Music by Teddy Foster
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A absolute war classic
5 June 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film over 40 years ago, as a young boy and was absolutely enthralled by it. I always watch it whenever the opportunity arises, and I still find it a very moving film.

By modern standards the special effects are not up to much, but the film cleverly gets around this by centering much of the action in the operations room, which helps to build up the tension and adds to the sense of desperation.

Touching little scenes, such as hanging out the light on landing, when the rest of the house has been reduced to a pile of rubble, help to capture the spirit of a nation which simply refused to be beaten.

The ending of the film is also very memorable, when the young pilot,who was is as keen as mustard and raring to get into the scrap, is very quickly shot down and killed. It serves to remind us that most of "the few" who lost their lives were indeed very young men.

Overall - a very good film.


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