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Worth a watch.
on 19 November 2009
For Those In Peril is a film I suspect many people will have never seen or even heard of. Yet it is directed by Charles Crichton ( Lavender Hill Mob and later A Fish Called Wanda ), was written by Richard Hillary ( who wrote the classic The Last Enemy, and would be dead by the time the film was released ), has, as a screen writer, Harry Watt ( Target For Tonight) and as a side line stars, in an early unaccredited role, James Robertson Justice.
The story is in a semi- documentary style about the R.A.F. Air Sea Rescue service. The boats are the real stars, there is plenty of great footage of the high speed launches (whalebacks) at sea 'thundering' along at speed, (similar in style to the later John Ford film `They Were Expendable '). The RAF boats are gamely supported by RN Mls, with plenty of hardware footage. Best other bits, after the boats, is a Supermarine Walrus taking off, next to the camera, circling back and flying away, in one take, taking about 42 seconds ( not that I've time it!!). There is another brief shot of the ASR boats being attacked by German aircraft ( really RAF Spitfires/Mustangs) very, very low on a choppy sea.
The downside is the acting which is a bit 'ropey' in places. For example there is a 'Noel Coward' Spitfire pilot who is ` orbiting for a fix`, but the worst is at the end when one of the characters dies, he is just left on the floor, forgotten and I assume people having to walk around him.
I videoed this film, about 20 years ago when it was shown on Channel 4 in its Britain At War series and the print they used was damaged. This copy is ( for its age ) almost perfect and I'd like to commend Optimum HE for this on a `limited appeal' film.
Finally it is worth remembering that I think only about 25% of allied crews that ditched in the sea were rescued alive.