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High Flight (1957)

Approved | | Drama, War | April 1958 (USA)
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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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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Kameraden der Luft  »

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2.35 : 1
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William Hartnell was asked to play Sgt Harris. See more »

Goofs

When the trumpet is playing at the beginning of the second year, the trumpeter's fingerings are all wrong. He is playing a bugle call, which does not require any use of the valves. But he is using the valves, so the call must be dubbed. See more »

Quotes

Roger Endicott: Good morning sir!
Wing Commander Rudge: Endicott - it's a salute I want from you, not a weather report.
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Soundtracks

Royal Air Force College March
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Music by A.E. Sims
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The planes are the stars in this one
28 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just watched this film for the first time on cable channel TCM (US). I had never heard of it.

The presence of Ray Milland is a plus, and I found Anthony Newley quite amusing though the runaway toy flying saucer scene is perhaps just too goofy.

Any effort to develop the story or characters is somewhat half-hearted. What little plot there is seems to exist mainly to fill time between the flying sequences. But what great sequences they are! The formation flying is impressive, the aerial photography very well done, helped along by some beautiful writing by the film composer, and the planes are just great to look at.

Over on this side of the pond we haven't had much chance to see these British aircraft. I don't know if there was any jet in the 1950's more beautiful then the Hawker Hunter. This plane is featured in the latter stages of the film. At the end, Ray Milland guides a wounded plane down to a belly landing. On the way, there is impressive camera work that follows these two planes bounce along in the air, just above the countryside.


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