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  • Actors: Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, Valerie Hobson, George Merritt, George Curzon
  • Directors: Tim Whelan
  • Producers: Alexander Korda, Irving Asher
  • Format: PAL
  • 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: Simply Media
  • DVD Release Date: 18 May 2009
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VR6E0C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,495 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Wartime spy comedy starring Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson and Valerie Hobson. Scotland Yard's Major Hammond (Richardson) is called in to investigate the disappearance of several missing British planes. Teaming up with dashing pilot Tony McVane (Olivier), Hammond discovers that enemy agents are bringing down the aircraft with a powerful ray, projected from a ship in the Atlantic. When McVane too is abducted from the skies, Hammond has to speed to his rescue.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Robert T. Boyter on 29 Nov. 2009
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A somewhat complex and extremely enjoyable mystery over who is stealing the advanced prototype aircraft all over the world. It derives from the premise that resulted in RDF/Radar, that of a beam which could stop engines in flight. A salvage ship of an un-named but Teutonic sounding power is conveniently present at each test site where an aircraft is lost, and it is up to Major Charles Hammond (Ralph Richardson) of the Air Ministry to discover the reason, he is assisted in this endeavour by Olivier as Tony McVane and alternately helped and hindered by his (Hammond's) sister Kay Lawrence played by Valerie Hobson. Complete with a shoot-out on the salvage ship, all is eventually well and consistently funny.

Directed by an American, Tim Whelan, and co-written by Jack Whittingham author of a couple of later James Bond scripts. Reputedly dialogue between the principals is full of ad-libs and improvisation.

Try to keep track of Major Hammond's umbrella, and his girlfriend.

Rob Boyter
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. D. M. Kirby on 7 April 2014
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The newest aeroplanes keep vanishing from all over the world; a series of accidents? Not likely, says Major Charles Hammond (Ralph Richardson) of the Air Ministry and gets to work to solve the mystery. In his quest, he’s helped - or hindered - by his press reporter sister, Kay Lawrence (Valerie Hobson), and also test pilot Tony McVane (Laurence Olivier).

The key to it all is Jenkins (George Curzon), a rather unsavoury character who works at the same company which employs McVane and it transpires that the aeroplane’s engines are being neutralised by a secret ray, used by an unnamed government who all speak with German accents.

It’s a glorious bit of hokum - the love interest, McVane and Lawrence, spark nicely off each other with some very witty lines, as do Hammond and his valet Blenkinsop (‘a perfect swine!’), very amusingly portrayed by Gus McNaughton. Major Hammond’s own despairing love interest, Daphne, is nicely played by Sandra Storme (aka Irene Needham) whose cut-glass accent is wondrous to behold - hardly surprising that in real life, she married into the aristocracy.

Muir Mathieson is credited as musical director, although I feel sure that the score was written by Miklos Rózsa (a Korda favourite) and Tim Whelan’s direction keeps the action racing and Ian Dalrymple’s screenplay, the gags flowing.

A lovely piece of nostalgia, released in 1939 - just in time to alert the British public that whatever aeroplanes they possessed had better stay up in the air.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. W. Wilson TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 July 2011
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A lovely, quirky, most enjoyable film, with the prototype for John Steed (see the film). Print and sound good considering the age, and price just right. BUT...Please can anyone out there tell me how to get rid of the subtitles? Whatever I do just doesn't work. Has anyone else had the same experience? Genuine question. Thanks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 July 2013
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1939 was a good year for movies. It was at the end of this year that England declared war on Germany so no one could have predicted the outcome. You can get a feel for the time and events by watching Mrs. Miniver (1942). Laurence Olivier is the head pilot for an aeroplane test firm. Planes are missing from the test of a new turbocharger. The use of Marconi's ray in the movie have shades of EMP (electromagnetic pulse) and looks like a particle beam generator that we are perfecting today for our anti ballistic missile defenses system.

Aside from being a great spy movie there is a love interest (Valerie Hobson) that does not overwhelm the story. And we see the mysterious workings of the intelligence service (Ralph Richardson).
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...and I'm happy to watch it several more times. I thought Olivier's character was a bit wet, but Richardson's is hilarious. Apart from his influence on John Steed, the plot could also have come out of The Avengers.
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I love Ralph Richardson. His crackling quickfire delivery makes this film and Laurence Olivier's slightly effete foil is a nice contrast.
Highly enjoyable!
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