All-star home front-picture, done with so much love, so much wild relief, and by so many practitioners at the height of their powers (director Asquith, writer Rattigan, stars Mills, John and Redgrave), that something truly remarkable was laid down on celluloid. The story is essentially one of intercultural encounter: the Yanks take over an English airfield; local boys (and girls) respond to their presence.
There's very little of the airborne action that dominates other films with comparable characters and settings. Its focus instead is the human instincts that gave life to the military and political alliance between Britain and America. Powerful, unsentimental, direct.
cast Michael Redgrave as Flight Lt. David Archdale John Mills as Pilot Officer Peter Penrose Rosamund John as Miss Todd Douglass Montgomery as Johnny Hollis Renée Asherson as Iris Winterton Stanley Holloway as Mr. Palmer Basil Radford as 'Tiny' Williams Felix Aylmer as Rev. Charles Moss Bonar Colleano as Joe Friselli Joyce Carey as Miss Winterton Trevor Howard as Squadron Leader Carter Nicholas Stuart as Colonel Rogers (as Tryon Nichol) Bill Owen as Sgt. 'Nobby' Clarke Grant Miller as Wally Becker Jean Simmons as A Singer Johnnie Schofield as Jones Charles Victor as Corporal Fitter David Tomlinson as 'Prune' Parsons Hartley Power as Colonel Page Vida Hope as Elsie Hugh Dempster as 'Tinker' Bell Charles Farrell as American Orderly Anthony Dawson as Bertie Steen Bill Logan as Radio Operator John Howard as Shelter Officer Murray Matheson as Joe Lawson John McLaren as 'Cheerio' Chester Jacqueline Clarke as Waitress Alf Goddard as PT Instructor Caven Watson as RAF Corporal Sydney Benson as Fred Peter Cotes as Aircraftsman Ann Wilton as Schoolmistress
Director: Anthony Asquith Producer: Anatole de Grunwald Associate Producer: Gordan Parry Script: Anatole de Grunwald and Terence Rattigan Cinematography: Derick Williams Supervising Art Director: Paul Sheriff Art Director: Carmen Dillon Editing: Fergus McDonell Original Music: Nicholas Brodszky
UK | 109 minutes | 1945