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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)
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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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Trivia

The ninth most popular film in the UK in 1952. 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

Airman: [announcing, between explosions] Enemy aircraft are now bombing the aerodrome.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Featured in Fifties British War Films: Days of Glory (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

So Deep Is The Night
(uncredited)
Music by Frédéric Chopin
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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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