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The Night My Number Came Up (1955)

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Air Marshal Hardie
Sheila Sim ...
Mary Campbell
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Owen Robertson
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Fl. Lt. McKenzie
Ursula Jeans ...
Mrs Robertson
Ralph Truman ...
Lord Wainwright
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Commander Lindsay
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Bill Kerr ...
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Alfie Bass ...
Soldier
George Rose ...
Bennett
Victor Maddern ...
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David Orr ...
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David Yates ...
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Doreen Aris ...
Miss Robertson
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At a fashionable dinner party in Hong Kong a naval officer is coaxed into revealing details of a dream in which eight persons take off from Bangkok in a Dakota bound for Tokyo and crash in the Japanese mountains. Amongst those listening is Air Marshal Hardie who is due to fly to Tokyo the next day. Hardie initially dismisses the dream because he is scheduled to fly out in a Liberator, but as Hardie arrives at the airport he discovers that the Liberator has developed mechanical problems and has been replaced by a Dakota. When, just before the flight is due to depart, two soldiers board the plane making a complement of eight, Hardie fears that the Dream may be coming true and he is destined to die. Written by Dave Jenkins <david.jenkins@smallworld.co.uk>

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19 December 1955 (USA)  »

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First feature of Stratford Johns. See more »

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The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) soldiers and not wearing the REME cap badge with crown, horse and lightning. See more »

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You're Only Dreaming
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Music by Joyce Cochrane
Lyrics by Christopher Hassall
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Highly Intelligent Super-Scary Movie
14 December 2004 | by (New York NY) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie in 1955, when I was 35 and not so long after my time in the Air Force in WWII, so the RAF flight in the Dakota (same as our USAF C47 and the civilian DC3) resonated for me. But it was really the extraordinary level of suspense that made it so memorable. It starts with a dream of a Dakota lost in a storm and crashing onto a rocky beach. Crucial is the exact number on board. As the real trip progresses in stages, passengers get on and off. Just as it seems the fatal number has been circumvented, something happens to re-institute it. The way this was done was so believable and artfully handled. I particularly remember an episode with someone pointing out that telling the pilot the dream is not such a good idea; after all, he needs his skills to fly the plane safely, and if he takes the dream seriously and it makes him nervous...I have used this idea the rest of my life when directing hundreds of people. It touches on a profound bit of philosophy: when is deception justified? A great movie: if you get the chance, don't miss it.


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