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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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Comedy

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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 (recorded on) (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The birds in the film aren't actually Tawny Pipits, they are Meadow Pipits. Tawny Pipits are very rare in the UK (even more so in wartime when this film was made) and it wasn't possible to find any to film. The rarity of the Tawny Pipit is a major thread to the story. It was decided to photograph a pair of ordinary meadow pipits and keep to shots which showed the back view only; the tawny has a plain breast and the meadow a speckled one, but their back plumage is very similar. See more »

Quotes

Pickering: [to the Tawny Pipit] What are you sitting on, you little beauty? I'd give a lot to get my hands under there!
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Crazy Credits

End credits cast list: 'AND MR. and MRS. PIPIT - The Tawny Pipits See more »

Connections

Featured in Watching the Russians (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

All Things Bright and Beautiful
(uncredited)
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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What we were fighting for
4 February 2005 | by Kym_YSee all my reviews

The real essence of this delightful rural comedy: Civlized societies defend their weakest members and value every person, including eccentrics.

Remember that in the '30s, many people saw totalitarianism as being the new. organized, "efficient" way - whilst western Europe was disorganized. The West's governments were seen as being to hidebound and conservative, lacking answers to the chaos of the Depression.

Tawny Pippit showed that our "old-fashioned" system had the right stuff, because it valued freedom, the right to be different and protection of the weak, and showed that countries facing challenges can succeed, even if seeming dis-organized, through shared morals & commitment coming from the people themselves and not dictated - it proved that in the end, good government is the servant of the people.


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