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Missiles from Hell (1958)

Battle of the V-1 (original title)
This forgotten war adventure centres on the secret Nazi missile installation of the V1 Rocket. Rennie is a guerilla fighter who leads a group of Polish fighters on a mission to destroy the ... See full summary »

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Stefan
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Zofia
Milly Vitale ...
Anna
David Knight ...
Tadek
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Stricker
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Brunner
John G. Heller ...
Fritz
Carl Jaffe ...
General
Peter Madden ...
Stanislaw
George Pravda ...
Karewski
Gordon Sterne ...
Margraaf
Carl Duering ...
Scientist
Harold Siddons ...
Master Bomber
George Pastell ...
Eryk
Henri Vidon ...
Konim (as Henry Vidon)
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This forgotten war adventure centres on the secret Nazi missile installation of the V1 Rocket. Rennie is a guerilla fighter who leads a group of Polish fighters on a mission to destroy the base and cripple the German war effort. Lee is terrific as a cruel Nazi commander. 16mm. Written by Anonymous

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One of the very few post WW2 internationally released British films that was not made at the more familiar English studios of Pinewood, Shepperton, Elstree or Ealing (see also Merton Park studios). This film was actually made at the little known Brighton Studios, St Nicholas Road, Brighton, Sussex and on location at nearby Shoreham on sea. The studios closed down in the mid 1960s and the area converted into flats. See more »

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[Anna has been captured by the Gestapo]
Tadek: Will she talk?
Stefan: Yes, she'll talk. Women always talk. But she won't say anything that they want to hear.
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Dull potboiler
4 August 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

BATTLE OF THE V-1 is a dull British WW2 movie about a group of Polish resistance fighters who embark on a daring mission to blow up the Nazi base responsible for building the V-1 bomb. Although it sounds like a lot of fun from the premise, this is almost entirely lacking in action and budget and the suspense only really gets going in the last half hour.

Up until that point we're stuck with a wooden Michael Rennie (THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL) as one of the most uninteresting American imported stars and a lot of talking and wandering about in the dark. There's some minor fun to be had with a blink-and-you'll-miss-him Christopher Lee cameo as a Nazi and the familiar faces of George Pastell and others, alongside Patricia Medina's alluring female lead.

However, the lack of budget really kills this one and it didn't help that I watched a dodgy colourised print that looks false throughout. Director Vernon Sewell ended his career making the B-movie delights of CURSE OF THE CRIMSON ALTAR and THE BLOOD BEAST TERROR which were a lot more fun than this insipid potboiler.


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