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High Flight (1957)

 -  Drama | War  -  April 1958 (USA)
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The Commanding Officer of an RAF Training School must deal with a difficult cadet, but the cadet reminds the C.O. of himself when young.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Wing Commander Rudge
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Flight Sergeant Harris
Kenneth Haigh ...
Anthony 'Tony' Winchester
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Roger Endicott
Kenneth Fortescue ...
John Fletcher
Sean Kelly ...
Cadet Day
Helen Cherry ...
Louise Dawson
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Squadron Leader Blake
Duncan Lamont ...
Weapons Corporal
Kynaston Reeves ...
Air Minister
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Commandant
Jan Brooks ...
Diana
Frank Atkinson ...
Parker
Ian Fleming ...
Bishop
Nancy Nevinson ...
Bishop's Wife
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The Commanding Officer of an RAF Training School must deal with a difficult cadet, but the cadet reminds the C.O. of himself when young.

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The wide sky its stage...the whole range of human emotions its back-drop...in the super-charged drama of the men who fly today's top-secret jets !

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Drama | War

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April 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kameraden der Luft  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(US theatrical prints)| (Technicolor) (UK prints)

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2.35 : 1
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The squadron seen as the aerobatics team is 43 squadron. The airbase which poses as R.A.F. Wunsdorf in West Germany is in fact R.A.F. Leuchars in Fife, home base of 43 squadron. See more »

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During the test flight of the flying saucer, a wire can clearly be seen attached to the aerial on top. See more »

Soundtracks

Royal Air Force College March
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Music by A.E. Sims
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High Flight starring Ray Milland
17 January 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was interested to read this comment, as I was serving in the Royal Air Force on the Squadron where the film, or a good part of it was made. The squadron was Treble One, 111 (F) Squadron, then stationed not far from London at North Weald. I think Americans would refer to it as a 'Pursuit' Squadron. Treble One was then in the process of, or had been recently selected as the Royal Air Force Fighter Command Aerobatics Display Team, which became known as the Black Arrows. We often displayed at Air Shows along with The American Air Force team known as The Sky Blazers. Poor weather conditions during the making of the film made it necessary for some of the filming to be done elsewhere. I remember seeing the film and would love to be able to get a copy of it. I do agree however that the story line was typical of British films for that era with its undertones of Cold War, and the readiness state of the RAF in particular. I think that the flying sequences were generally good, though some were done in the hangar using a backdrop of blue sky and clouds. It would be hard to imagine the lead role being played by any other than the quintessential British gentleman, Ray Milland. I would sure love to see the film again and own a copy, if only for retention in the Squadron Association archives. The Squadron is now based in Scotland flying the Tornado Mk3. They would be tickled pink to see the Hunter sequences as also would our 'Boss' from those days Roger L. Topp, who retired from the RAF as an Air Commodore with the Air Force Cross and TWO bars. He now lives in retirement in Norfolk, UK. If you learn where I can get a copy of the film either on VHS or DVD please let me know ASAP. Many thanks.


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