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James Robertson Justice,
Wing-commander Tim Mason leads a squadron of Lancaster bombers on almost nightly raids from England. Having flown eighty-seven missions he will shortly be retiring from flying, but the strain is showing. He tries to make sure his men concentrate only on their job and so keeps women away from the base, but then he himself meets naval officer Eve Canyon. Written by
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Just before the RAF officers in the car meet Eve Canyon, played by Dinah Sheridan, standing next to her broken down car, William Sylvester is sitting next to the front passenger door. Then suddenly, William Sylvester is driving and Dirk Bogarde who wasn't in the car in the previous shot, is now sitting next to the front passenger door. See more »
Closing credits epilogue: This story is humbly dedicated to all those airmen who were unable to keep an Appointment in London See more »
In the end a moving and accurate testament to Bomber Command
I quite love this film. It DOES feel a bit talky because it's predominantly so ground based...but the depiction of Wing Commander Mason's 90th "op" puts it into a class of its own. I love the audio in the raid of the Pathfinder commander...Has such an urgency and veracity which is irresistible. I agree that it's not in the same class as "12 o'clock High"...For me the film Gregory Peck should have won his Oscar for..it truly is a "maxium effort"..but it's an elegant and high quality cinematic testament to the heroism of Bomber-Command. I like too the Aussie pilot played by Bill Kerr in his darker blue RAAF uniform. We Aussies were there in high numbers like so many Commonwealth aircrew who included my Pilot-Officer Uncle Arthur(Nash)shot down with the loss of all in a Wellington bomber on a night raid over Dusseldorf.
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