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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.


Derek N. Twist (screenplay) (as Derek Twist), Pelham Groom (from an original story by)
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 ... Pimpernel Pilot
Richard Dunn Richard Dunn ... Pimpernel Pilot
Elwin Daniel Elwin Daniel ... Pimpernel Pilot (as Elwyn Daniel)
Russell Hunter ... Pimpernel Pilot


'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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Release Date:

30 April 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Angels One Five See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director George More O'Ferrall drew on his own personal experiences for the film. He was a Royal Artillery staff officer at Fighter Command HQ during the Battle of Britain. See more »


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 »


Flight Lt. 'Batchy' Salter: Wotcher Septic, me old assassin. So this is where you hide?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: ... Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say ... "THIS WAS THEIR FINEST HOUR" Winston Churchill JUNE 1940 See more »


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Tally Ho! A delightful RAF squadron story with reminders of the terrifying reality of wartime life.
5 October 2007 | by johnpaul-roweSee all my reviews

Angels One-Five is a story of the trials and tribulations of life on an RAF base during World War II. Some great scenes of Hurricanes on the ground, taking off, in the air and landing.

The Film is shot at RAF Neethley which I understand is actually RAF Kenley in real life. Some of the flying scenes look distinctly home-made however the story is powerful enough to forgive the shortcomings of the 1950s special effects department.

Lovely 1950s English accents and light hearted events go towards making this film quaint in style but the harsh reality of war is impressed upon the viewer making it a poignant but enjoyable experience.

I love this film and I return to it again and again and thoroughly enjoy it every time.

Highly recommended.

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