Captain Fred Allison has been in a German Prisoner of War Camp for a long time. It has been two years since he last saw Monica, a girl he met, married and bought a house with in six days ... See full summary »
Roy Del Ruth
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.,
It's 1917. In Russia, the Communist revolution is in full swing. Stephen 'Steve' Locke is a British agent in Russia. The main task of Steve is to prevent the Bolsheviks, led by Joseph ... See full summary »
By the late 1920's aircraft designer R.J. Mitchell feels he has achieved all he wants with his revolutionary mono-planes winning trophy after trophy. But a holiday in Germany shortly after Hitler assumes power convinces him that it is vital to design a completely new type of fighter plane and that sooner or later Britain's very survival may depend on what he comes to call the Spitfire.Written by
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Where David Niven is talking to Leslie Howards' secretary, she is using a 'Royal' typewriter. In a following scene, when Leslie Howard comes out of his office and talks to Crisp (Niven), it appears that the typewriter is a 'Jaydo' or 'Jaybo' brand. In actuality, a closer look reveals that the typewriter in both shots is a Royal, however, during editing, the film was apparently transposed from shot to shot, causing the name of the typewriter to appear differently. This is made clear by looking closely at the telephone on the desk and the clipboard on the wall behind Mitchell's secretary, again, which both have been transposed in the two shots noted. See more »
Reginald J. Mitchell:
[after disclosing his illness]
I'm going on with my work because, as you said, it is important. At least we believe it's important, and we must live what we believe, musn't we?
[Realizing the extent of his illness]
Reginald J. Mitchell:
Darling, we've all got to pack up some time or other. It isn't when we pack up that matters; it's what we do while we're here.
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Opening credits prologue: Zero Day September 15th, 1940 See more »
DVD Version. Extended scene when Mitchell and Crisp are attending a display of gliding in Germany and they speak with German officials about the role of gliders. DVD version has extra scene where a German Hitler Youth leader marches away from the display with a band playing. See more »
and probably on a par with the "Miniver" pictures. Covers not only the Supermarine/Merlin work but the glider designs that the Germans used for airframe research before openly dumping the Versailles treaty.
(Note: I don't use the term "propaganda" in a demeaning sense here; it's just that I consider any ideological product that gets government backing to be propaganda, and this work fits the definition.)
Fine acting, acceptable plot movement for what is considered now a melodramatic period, historic moment - this film deserves multiple viewings.
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