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Secret Flight (1946)

School for Secrets (original title)
During World War II, on the eve of the Battle of Britain, British scientists develop the first radar systems to be employed against the German Luftwaffe.

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Peter Ustinov

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Peter Ustinov
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Richardson ... Prof. Heatherville
Raymond Huntley ... Prof. Laxton-Jones
John Laurie ... Dr. McVitie
Ernest Jay Ernest Jay ... Dr. Dainty
David Tomlinson ... Mr. Watlington
Finlay Currie ... Sir Duncan Wills
Norman Webb Norman Webb ... Dr. Wainwright
Michael Hordern ... Lt. Cmdr. Lowther
Pamela Matthews Pamela Matthews ... Mrs. Watlington
Joan Haythorne Joan Haythorne ... Mrs. Laxton-Jones
Joan Young Joan Young ... Mrs. McVitie
Ann Wilton Ann Wilton ... Mrs. Dainty
Richard Attenborough ... Jack Arnold
David Hutcheson David Hutcheson ... Squadron Leader Sowerby
Patrick Waddington ... Group Capt. Aspinall
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Wartime tale of a group of British scientists efforts to develop the first radar system. They did it just in time for it to be used in the Battle of Britain against the might of the Nazi Luftwaffe. Without it the little island could well have been overrun. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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The secret a Million kept !

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Drama | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1946 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Secret Flight See more »

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Two Cities Films See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Directorial debut of Sir Peter Ustinov. See more »

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Secrets Is Right.
4 January 2018 | by rmax304823See all my reviews

I'm not certain that the Brits were quite ready to reveal their secrets (like high-tech radar or "windows") even in 1946 because so much of this film is made of chit chat about uniforms and interloping schoolmasters. I learned something about the stresses involved but little about the shadier side of the work.

The talkiness is somewhat relieved towards the end when the film takes us on bombing missions over Europe, following a boffin or a doughty RAF man like Richard Attenborough. Pretty daring, actually, those scenes of flight.

But the Brits were on the brink of making some of the finest films about World War II that ever appeared on screen, "The Cruel Sea," for instance. And this one looks a little pallid.


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