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Landfall (1949)

Rick (Michael Denison) is a costal command pilot patrolling the English Channel for U-Boats. He sinks what he believes is a German submarine, but which later proves to be British. He is ... See full summary »

Director:

Ken Annakin

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Nevil Shute (novel), Talbot Jennings (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Denison ... Rick
Patricia Plunkett ... Mona
Edith Sharpe Edith Sharpe ... Rick's Mother
Margaret Barton Margaret Barton ... Rick's Sister
Charles Victor Charles Victor ... Mona's Father
Kathleen Harrison ... Mona's Mother
Denis O'Dea ... Captain Burnaby
Margaretta Scott ... Mrs. Burnaby
Sebastian Shaw ... Wing Cdr. Dickens
Maurice Denham ... Wing Cdr. Hewitt
A.E. Matthews ... Air Raid Warden
David Tomlinson ... Binks
Joan Dowling Joan Dowling ... Miriam, Barmaid
Frederick Leister Frederick Leister ... Admiral
Nora Swinburne ... Admiral's Wife
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Rick (Michael Denison) is a costal command pilot patrolling the English Channel for U-Boats. He sinks what he believes is a German submarine, but which later proves to be British. He is charged with neglect and volunteers for a perilous mission. Meanwhile, his girlfriend Mona (Patricia Plunkett), through some odd information she has picked up, is trying to prove that Rick is innocent of the charges and actually did sink a German U-Boat. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1949 (UK) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This opens with a caddish well-to-do young man driving a young lady home and pretending that his car has just broken down on a quiet country lane. The exact same ploy was used in Ken Annakin's previous film, Vote for Huggett (1949). See more »

Goofs

AA sign "Titchfield" shown, when all location signs were destroyed to confuse the enemy if invasion occured. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: "Wars come, and all the world is shattered by their blast. But through it all young people meet, fall in love and marry."

PORTSMOUTH MARCH 1940 See more »

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Mona
by Sonny Miller and Joyce Cochrane (as Joyce Cochran)
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A simple story, well told
2 December 2004 | by KIM_HARRISSee all my reviews

Being something of a Nevil Shute devotee, I have been trying to track down a copy of this film for some time and finally succeeded.

This is one of Shute's simpler stories but in common with most of his novels, it concerns the issues of good people doing a job well. It should be read, or viewed, bearing in mind the time that it was written and the social and political climate of the time.

Landfall is no exception to this caveat applicable to many films of the time. I was relieved to find that this was a straightforward adaptation of the novel and was told without any twists and turns and unnecessary changes to the plot (unlike "Far Country" - a mangled adaptation of a later Shute novel).

I was also pleasantly surprised to find that the acting was much better than I expected in a 1949 film of this type. The issues of class difference were nicely handled and the story is just enough to fill the time. The main protagonists are portrayed well by the leads, particularly Patricia Plunkett, who resists the temptation to overdo the differences between her barmaid character and her flying officer boyfriend. A few of the lesser parts are a little conventionally and slightly woodenly handled but the ensemble of Maurice Denham, Kathleen Harrison, Nora Swinburne and Margaretta Scott are reliable.

The early flying scenes are reasonably convincing but they go downhill somewhat with the special (or not so special) effects in the bomb trials. This really doesn't matter too much in the context of this type of film where the important aspects are the story and the character development.

A simple story, well told. It would be nice to see it added to the collection of available classic movies on DVD.


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