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Raiders in the Sky (1953)

Appointment in London (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Romance, War | September 1955 (USA)
War drama about the dangerous and stressful work of Lancaster bomber British crews during World War II.

Director:

Philip Leacock

Writers:

John Wooldridge (screenplay), Robert Westerby (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Bogarde ... Tim Mason
Ian Hunter ... Logan
Dinah Sheridan ... Eve Canyon
Bryan Forbes ... The Brat
Walter Fitzgerald ... Mulvaney
Bill Kerr ... Bill Brown
William Sylvester ... Mac
Anne Leon Anne Leon ... Pam Greeno
Charles Victor Charles Victor ... Dobbie
Richard Wattis ... Pascal
Carl Jaffe Carl Jaffe ... German General
Sam Kydd ... Ackroyd
Terence Longdon ... Dr. Buchanan
Michael Ripper ... Bomb Aimer
Campbell Singer Campbell Singer ... Flight Sergeant
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Storyline

Wing Commander Tim Mason (Sir Dirk Bogarde) leads a squadron of Lancaster bombers on almost nightly raids from England. Having flown eighty-seven missions, he will shortly be retiring from flying, but the strain is showing. He tries to make sure his men concentrate only on their job, and so keeps women away from the base, but then he meets Naval Officer Eve Canyon (Dinah Sheridan). Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

September 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Raiders in the Sky See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mayflower Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to Sir Dirk Bogarde, the character of Tim Mason was based on Wing Commander Guy Gibson, who led the Dambusters raid in May 1943. Gibson was, at one stage, the Commanding Officer of 106 Squadron, and one of the Flight Commanders was Squadron Leader John Wooldridge, co-Writer and Composer for this movie. See more »

Goofs

During the end credits, as the car approaches Buckingham Palace, there are some cars that are obviously from the early 1950s, not 1943 when the movie is set. See more »

Crazy Credits

Closing credits epilogue: This story is humbly dedicated to all those airmen who were unable to keep an Appointment in London See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Golden Gong (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Ride of the Valkyrie
(uncredited)
Music by Richard Wagner
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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No clichés or extended heroics here
2 February 2013 | by krishkmenonSee all my reviews

I had seen this film when I was in school where it was shown as part of educational films screened by one of my schoolmasters who had himself served in the Royal Indian Air Force in Burma.Today I own a copy on DVD. The exploits of people in Bomber Command is brought out with extreme accuracy to the screen by creating an atmosphere that is taut and realistic. Dirk Bogarde gives one of his best performances as the Wing Commander who is definitely cracking under the stress of command but does not want to accept it. The scenes where he gives Bryan Forbes a dressing down will certainly strike a chord where his sense of responsibility to the team is exposed. The accuracy of operations of RAF Bombers during night sorties right from the point of take off, to the tension of the ground staff till their return is brilliantly photographed. There are no clichés or extended heroics quite common in similar films but dark realism of survival during the war with the atmosphere of the airfields and aircrew intact. Being the son of an Air Force officer who did some war service in India the realism is striking. I would certainly recommend it to the younger viewers who need to study such situations.


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