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Angels One Five (1952)

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


(screenplay) (as Derek Twist), (from an original story by)
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Pilot Officer 'Septic' Baird
Group Controller
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


'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 Squadron Leader - he didn't stay 'grounded' for long ... See more »


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Release Date:

30 April 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Angels One Five  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


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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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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I'll Make a Man of You
Music by Herman Finck
Lyrics by Arthur Wimperis
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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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