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Tawny Pipit (1944)

Jimmy Bancroft, a fighter pilot, who is recovering from injuries sustained during the Battle of Britain, and his nurse Hazel Broome, come across a pair of rare birds nestling in a field. ... See full summary »

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Bernard Miles (screen play), Charles Saunders (screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernard Miles ... Col. Barton-Barrington
Rosamund John ... Hazel Broome
Niall MacGinnis ... Jimmy Bancroft
Jean Gillie ... Nancy Forester
Lucie Mannheim ... Russian Sniper
Christopher Steele Christopher Steele ... Reverend Kingsley
Brefni O'Rorke ... Uncle Arthur
George Carney ... Whimbrel
Wylie Watson ... Crasker
Lyonel Watts Lyonel Watts ... Silver (as Lionel Watts)
Scott Harrold Scott Harrold ... Shuttleworth (as Scott Harold)
Arthur Burne Arthur Burne ... Hambling
Billy Bridget Billy Bridget ... Alec
Jackie Christie Jackie Christie ... Ernie
John Salew John Salew ... Pickering
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Storyline

Jimmy Bancroft, a fighter pilot, who is recovering from injuries sustained during the Battle of Britain, and his nurse Hazel Broome, come across a pair of rare birds nestling in a field. After a run in with the army, and a couple of thieves, they, with the cooperation of the village people and the Ornithology Society, help the eggs to hatch. A wonderful look at life in a small village, during World War II. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Poema da Paz See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Two Cities Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Tawny Pipit features a rare appearance on film of a pair of Covenanter tanks. Designed by the LMS railway and Nuffield, they were delivered after the fall of France, but suffered from insufficient cooling making them unsuitable for use in warm climates like North Africa so were used for training in Britain by divisions who were often waiting to be sent abroad, then handed down to the next division before they were moved. By the time of D-Day when a front opened up with a suitable climate for the Covenantor the design had been rendered obsolete. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Barton-Barrington: This love of animals and nature has always been part and parcel of the British way of life and it's going to go on being. Now then, we've welcomed to our country thousands of foreigners - French, Dutch, Poles, Czechs, and so on, and a lot of them are jolly decent people and anyway they can't help being foreigners...
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Crazy Credits

End credits: 'AND The Tawny Pipits- Mr and Mrs Pipit'. See more »

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Soundtracks

All Things Bright and Beautiful
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Music by William H. Monk and lyrics by Cecil F. Alexander (as Mrs Cecil Alexander)
Sung by the church congregation in the final scene
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There is nothing scrawny about our Tawny!
12 November 2013 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Tawny Pipit is written and directed by both Bernard Miles and Charles Saunders, and Miles also stars in the piece. It also stars Rosamund John, Niall MacGinnis, Jean Gillie, Christopher Steele, Lucie Mannheim, Brefni O'Rourke and George Carney. Music is by Noel Mewton-Wood and cinematography by Eric Cross.

The village of Lipsbury Lea suddenly springs to life when it is discovered that a pair of rare Tawny Pipit's are nesting in one of the local fields. As outside forces threaten to destroy one of nature's great achievements, the villagers rally around to stand defiant in Mother Nature's corner.

Dated? Yes absolutely. Even twee? For sure. Unsubtle propaganda? Too right mate! Wonderful? Yes indeed.

Anyone would think we were fifth columnists!

The Brits were great at this sort of thing, at showing a slice of old fashioned life, where quaintness rules the day and nature's wonderful pastures envelope an assortment of colourful characters rallying around for a collective cause. Tawny Pipit is basically a metaphor for standing up to the bad guys, in this case during war time, Nazi Germany. The message is simple, if we stand together then you shall not have her!

All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small.

The backdrop is quintessential Britain, a place of rolling hills, country lanes, of one public house, one grocery shop, one post office, one vicar who actually serves a purpose to the community and one copper who no doubt gets around on his bicycle. Into this British ideal comes those villagers, each with their own ticks and traits, be it stoic men of straight backs refusing to bend an inch, or pretty ladies doing their bit for the cause - such as stopping tanks in their tracks! And of course pesky villains who would gladly steam roller a birds nest or filch the eggs for financial gain. You shall not pass, unity is powerful. Doesn't matter if it's 1944 or now, it's whimsy with relevance and it's a jolly good show. 7/10


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