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One of Our Aircraft Is Missing [DVD] (1942)

Godfrey Tearle , Eric Portman , Michael Powell , Emeric Pressburger    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Godfrey Tearle, Eric Portman, Hugh Williams, Hugh Burden, Pamela Brown
  • Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
  • Producers: Emeric Pressburger
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Full Screen, Mono, Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 15 May 2006
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,247 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Based on the methods actually employed by Dutch citizens who smuggled stranded Allied airmen back to England, Powell and Pressburger's film follows the story of a group of six such airmen who parachute from their crippled plane into a wood. Discovered by some Dutch schoolchildren, they are taken to a farm where their potential saviours grill them for hours before offering to help. After enduring many narrow escapes from the Nazis, the airmen eventually reach a sea-port, but they still have to make the crossing in the most dangerous of circumstances.

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Directed by Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger (The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp; A Matter of Life and Death), this is a star-studded British war drama about the crew of a British bomber plane which is shot down over occupied Holland and the brave efforts of the Dutch Resistance to help them to escape back to England. Godfrey Tearle, Eric Portman & Hugh Williams are top billed but the film also includes such then rising stars as Bernard Miles, Joyce Redman, Googie Withers, Robert Helpmann & Peter Ustinov.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Powell and Pressburger - Vintage excellence 23 May 2007
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This film was made during the war by Powell and Pressburger and more accurately represents the attitudes and aspirations of people at that period than any of the "war" films about WW2 made afterwards.

It was also made with a view to strengthening the ties between Britain and her hard-pressed allies in occupied Holland. It shows a typical bomber crew of young men drawn from very different backgrounds in Britain who, but for the war, might never have met but are bonded by a common purpose. When they are shot down in occupied Holland the heroic populace come to their rescue; misunderstandings are cleared, trust is formed, friendships are established, even love and romance blossom. It is well-paced and very exciting but without the mindless machine-gun spraying that flooded later films. These young men had to use their brains and nerves to get them through. The script is sharp: it is an intelligent film which suceeds at many levels. I won't spoil the ending for you but this is one of the most authentic pieces of purposeful film making I've ever seen and has great charm.

Two very famous scenes from it are worth a mention. One is the German Officer inspecting the congregation of the church during the sermon (a young Peter Ustinov - wonderful as the priest) when the airmen are hiding amongst their Dutch friends. The organist rebelliously plays a few notes of the Dutch national anthem quietly with his feet on the pedals which only the congretation will recognise. The German officer pauses in the doorway as he hesitates before leaving and his reflection is held in the organist's mirror. It is a beautiful, classic moment in film-making. The other is the scene in the Dutch mayor's dining hall where a fake wedding reception is being given.
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One of Our Aircraft Is Missing, released in 1942, was the first film Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger made after formalizing their partnership as The Archers, with both taking equal credit for writing, producing and directing. In 1941 they had collaborated on The 49th Parallel. In 1943 they would make The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, the first of a series of masterpieces they created in the Forties. In practice, Powell directed, Pressburger wrote and did most of the producing, and they closely collaborated on every aspect of their films.

The movie tells the story of the crewmen who bailed out of their bomber, B for Bertie, over The Netherlands in 1941. Even more, it tells the story of the Dutch men and women who endangered their own lives to give the crew shelter, to protect them and to pass them on to the North coast of Holland until rescue could be arranged.

Bertie, a two-engine bomber, is returning from a run over Stuttgart when it's hit by flak. The plane loses an engine but the crew nurse the plane along until the second engine stutters out over Holland. The six-man crew bail out. Five land together; one is missing. There is John Haggard (Hugh Burden), the pilot and the youngest; Tom Earnshaw (Eric Portman), the co-pilot, a Yorkshire businessman before the war; Frank Shelley (Hugh Williams), the navigator, a West End actor with a famous wife; Bob Ashley (Emrys Jones), the radio operator, a soccer star; Geoff Hickman (Bernard Miles), the front gunner, an owner of an auto garage; and George Corbett (Godfrey Tearle), the rear gunner, at least twenty-five years older than the others, a knight, a member of parliament who immediately signed up with the Royal Air Force when war was declared.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A well-made, timeless British propaganda film 14 Jun 2003
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One of Our Aircraft Is Missing is a British propaganda film from 1941; leaving aside the propaganda aspects, it is a well-made motion picture that was nominated for best original screenplay as well as best special effects at the 1942 American Academy Awards (Casablanca took best picture). It also did quite well at the box office. The British bomber Bertie takes a hit during a nighttime bombing raid over Stuttgart, Germany, and her six-man RAF crew is forced to parachute to safety over German-occupied Dutch territory. Five of the men are discovered by some friendly children and are taken to town where an English-speaking schoolteacher helps facilitate their escape. The men are furtively passed along the sixty or so miles to the North Sea through a veritable underground railroad of Dutch resistance, eventually linking up with the pilot they feared had been lost. Interestingly, the most heroic assistance comes from women like the schoolteacher Els Mertens and the truly remarkable Jo de Vries. De Vries supposedly hates the British for having killed her husband in an air raid and works closely with the local German forces whom she secretly despises; this makes her the perfect final contact for the English airmen seeking to return home by sea. The final stages of the great escape do prove somewhat harrowing, but the RAF men do honor to the ancient creed of "being British" throughout the most dangerous moments. De Vries delivers a stirring ovation for the resistance and war efforts, and any Englishman or American who didn't already hate the Germans would have been more than willing to take up arms immediately and rush off to The Netherlands to free this remarkable woman and her friends in the Dutch resistance from Hitler's nefarious grip. Read more ›
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