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The Night My Number Came Up (1955)

On a routine flight from Hong-Kong to Japan, a British military transport aircraft's fate may or may not depend on a prophetic nightmare.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Air Marshal Hardie
Sheila Sim ...
Mary Campbell
Owen Robertson
Fl. Lt. McKenzie
Mrs. Robertson
Ralph Truman ...
The Pilot
Bill Kerr ...
The Soldier
Alfie Bass ...
The Soldier
George Rose ...
Victor Maddern ...
The Engineer
David Orr ...
The Co-Pilot
David Yates ...
The Navigator
Doreen Aris ...
Miss Robertson


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but as Hardie arrives at the airport he discovers that the Liberator has developed mechanical problems and has been replaced by a Dakota.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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Release Date:

19 December 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sie waren 13  »

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Sound Mix:

(Gaumont Kalee Recording) (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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First feature of Stratford Johns. See more »


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


Mary Campbell: Anyone with sense has doubts.
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Opening credits, prior to film title: There were 8 passengers 5 crew See more »


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Music by Ron Goodwin
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Spooky understated melodrama.
15 March 2004 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

The seediness of the post-war colonial Far East and that rather morbid fascination with death and fate that pervades the consciousness of people who have been through a world-shattering conflict flavours this film. A great script (by RC Sherriff of 'Journeys End' fame) and a great cast - headed by that master of actorly understatement, Micheal Redgrave - slowly build the story, bit by bit. The exotic setting, where strange things could happen. The drab ordinariness of military outposts - which hightens the surreality of the events. A sense of a military and aristocratic world giving way with poor grace to the brash 'modern' future - epitomised by the crass Brummagem scrap dealer (accompanied by his effete elderly public-school personal assistant). The sense of dread is created by the pure spoken word and performance - of a good tale well-told. MR James in the age of Dakotas.

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