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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 (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

Russian Sniper: I bring greetings from the Red Army to the heroic comrades in the British fields, factories and workshops. We are proud to be allied to the free people of Britain. We mean to smash the fascist invaders. I myself have shot over a hundred Hitlerites. And I'm looking forward to shooting many more.
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Crazy Credits

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

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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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Why We Fight
25 June 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

When convalescing RAF pilot Niall MacGinnis and his nurse, Rosamund John, are out bird watching in rural Gloucestershire, they spot a Tawny Pipit -- not just one, but only the second nesting pair in English history. They rouse the entire village to protect these visitors in a wartime paean to British kindliness and back-country values.

Bernard Miles and Charles Saunders co-direct from a script of their own devising. Miles also acts in heavy make up as a wheel-chair bound military man. It's a well-told story, but very heavy-handed in its subtextual message, as the local Church choir sings a composition about the birds, and later regale a visiting Soviet sniper with "The Internationale", in a sequence in which Miles gives her his old machine gun and Land Girl Jean Gillie wonders if she would be as good a shot were the old Land of Hope and Glory invaded. I can't help but compare this to the sort of movie that Ealing would become famous for; this comes off as beating the matter to death, with few of the oddly endearing eccentrics that Ealing would use to make its central theme clear. Still, it's very watchable throughout with some good performances.


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