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Angels One Five (1952)

TV-G | | Drama, War | 30 April 1954 (USA)
The story of an RAF fighter squadron at the height of the Battle of Britain.

Writers:

Derek N. Twist (screenplay) (as Derek Twist), Pelham Groom (from an original story by)
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Hawkins ... Group Capt. 'Tiger' Small
Michael Denison ... Squadron Leader Peter Moon
Andrew Osborn Andrew Osborn ... Squadron Leader Bill Ponsford
Cyril Raymond ... Squadron Leader Barry Clinton
Humphrey Lestocq Humphrey Lestocq ... Flight Lt. 'Batchy' Salter
John Gregson ... Pilot Officer 'Septic' Baird
Ronald Adam ... Group Controller
Dulcie Gray ... Nadine Clinton
Veronica Hurst Veronica Hurst ... Betty Carfax
Amy Veness Amy Veness ... Aunt Tabitha
Philip Stainton Philip Stainton ... Police Constable
John Barry John Barry ... Jacko - Pimpernel Pilot
Richard Dunn Richard Dunn ... Pimpernel Pilot
Elwyn Daniel Elwyn Daniel ... Pimpernel Pilot
Russell Hunter ... Raines - Pimpernel Pilot
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Storyline

'Septic' Baird has just joined a front line RAF squadron at the height of the Battle of Britain. This is the story of "The Few" and how they managed to fight off the might of the Luftwaffe despite overwhelming German air power. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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The Squadron Leader - he didn't stay 'grounded' for long ... See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The ninth most popular film in the UK in 1952. See more »

Goofs

Baird takes the German altimeter from the bomber he has just shot down, as a trophy for the messroom wall. However, when he later puts it down on Moon's desk the "altimeter" is a British rev counter (the face is marked "RPM"). See more »

Quotes

Squadron Leader Barry Clinton: [When the enemy first bombs their airfield, and he embodies the attitude of the whole nation] This is where we learn to take it.
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits: Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. See more »

Connections

Featured in Remembering John Gregson (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

RAF March Past
(1918) (uncredited)
Music by H. Walford Davies
Arranged by Sydney Baynes
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Seeing the Battle of Britain from a slightly different perspective.
8 January 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Angels One-Five" would make a wonderful double-feature along with the 1969 classic "The Battle of Britain". While both films have to do with the same battle and the same time period, they both approach it from completely different ways. "Angels" is a personal film--showing one particular unit and especially one brand-new pilot to the group. On the other hand, "The Battle of Britain" tries to do the impossible--encapsulate the entirety of the battle in one film! Plus, "The Battle of Britain" is a stunning film because of its amazing aerial sequences--whereas those in "Angels" are not particularly good, though this really isn't the focus of the film--it's more on people.

Baird is a new pilot arriving in a replacement fighter plane. However, due to an accident (which really isn't his fault), he gets in hot water with his immediate supervisor. Then, after shooting down his first plane, he gets in hot water with the base commander! Can Baird manage to pull it all together and make himself useful or will he crash and burn (literally)? The film does a nice job of capturing the look and feel of the war from the point of view of Baird and he's a nice sympathetic character. While you don't learn much about how Britain prevailed, it is a nice portrait of one particular brave but inexperienced man--something rarely seen in war films. Very enjoyable and I actually have little to criticize--it was a top-notch production aside from the air sequences.

By the way, if you are an aviation nut like myself, you'll notice that the planes in both movies are completely different--mostly because of the supply of planes available to both productions at that particular time (one film borrowed planes from the Portuguese air force and the other from the Spanish--which were both still flying WWII vintage planes at the time the films were made). For example, in "The Battle of Britain", the only German bombers shown are HE-111s and British are mostly shown flying Spitfires (though many other types of planes were used in the battles). However, "Angels" shows the Brits flying Hurricanes (which is more realistic, as more of these were used during that time than the more modern Spitfires) and you see other German bombers (such as a Ju-88). So, you not only see the war from a different perspective, but entire different aircraft as well!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1954 (USA) See more »

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Templar Film Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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