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

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Drama | War

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Release Date:

30 April 1954 (USA)  »

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Angels One Five  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Director George More O'Ferrall drew on his own personal experiences for the film. He was a Royal Artillery staff officer at Fighter Command HQ during the Battle of Britain. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film, the camera pans out to show a light-coloured runway with taxiways running off it. However, the airfield was simply a grass field without proper runways. See more »

Quotes

[after the ops room has been bombed. Foster walks through the rubble]
WAAF Foster: Tea, Sir? Bit gritty I'm afraid Sir.
Squadron Leader Barry Clinton: Foster, that's an inspiration. Remind me to have you promoted.
WAAF Foster: Yes Sir.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Capito
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Music by Teddy Foster
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a mildly interesting, low budget production
9 October 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a mildly interesting, low budget version of The Battle of Britain. But the fact that it doesn't include any real air action is a huge letdown. The filmmakers borrowed about six Hurricanes from the Portuguese air force, marked them up as British, and filmed them flying past the camera in various ways, taxiing and landing. That's about the extent of real footage for air action. The rest is done with studio shots of men in canopies. Well, not quite all. It's hard to understand why the producers couldn't get footage of air battles, apart from one shot of a half dozen contrails across the sky. Unimpressive. Especially noticeable was the lack of footage of German aircraft. In its place they used some truly embarrassing makeshift replacements, the very worst of which was a drawing of a handful of bombers from below with one fake bomb animated as falling from one of them--truly laughable. And it was used not once, but twice. A couple of models of Messerschmidts on wires were used to show German fighters coming in to attack, and a rather pitiful attempt was made at special effects to depict the downing of German aircraft, seen from the cockpit of British fighters. For a film whose very title indicates battles in the air, it is all very disappointing. The story is workable, if uninspired, leaving just the workings of the air defence system as the main interest in the film. The jaunty dialogue among flyers who in real life would be scared out of their wits was annoying.


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