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Angels One Five (1952)

TV-G | | Drama, War | 30 April 1954 (USA)
The story of an RAF fighter squadron at the height of the Battle of Britain.


Derek N. Twist (screenplay) (as Derek Twist), Pelham Groom (from an original story by)
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Hawkins ... Group Capt. 'Tiger' Small
Michael Denison ... Squadron Leader Peter Moon
Andrew Osborn Andrew Osborn ... Squadron Leader Bill Ponsford
Cyril Raymond ... Squadron Leader Barry Clinton
Humphrey Lestocq Humphrey Lestocq ... Flight Lt. 'Batchy' Salter
John Gregson ... Pilot Officer 'Septic' Baird
Ronald Adam ... Group Controller
Dulcie Gray ... Nadine Clinton
Veronica Hurst Veronica Hurst ... Betty Carfax
Amy Veness Amy Veness ... Aunt Tabitha
Philip Stainton Philip Stainton ... Police Constable
John Barry John Barry ... Pimpernel Pilot
Richard Dunn Richard Dunn ... Pimpernel Pilot
Elwyn Daniel Elwyn Daniel ... Pimpernel Pilot
Russell Hunter ... Pimpernel Pilot


'Septic' Baird has just joined a front line RAF squadron at the height of the Battle of Britain. This is the story of "The Few" and how they managed to fight off the might of the Luftwaffe despite overwhelming German air power. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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The Squadron Leader - he didn't stay 'grounded' for long ... See more »


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Release Date:

30 April 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Angels One Five See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Templar Film Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Joan Hickson was booked for a featured role but dropped out. See more »


When Nutmeg and Beeswax squadrons are getting airborne, the lookout reports: "12 Spitfires taking off." The aircraft used are Hurricanes, and are referred to as such throughout the film - including by Baird, speaking in the control room immediately after the lookout's report. While almost all the aircraft in the movie are Hurricanes, the fighters shown taking off right after the lookout's report are indeed Spitfires. You can tell by the way their landing gear folds outwards towards the wingtip. A Hurricane's gear is set further out on the wing and folds inwards towards the body of the plane. The video quality of this scene is not up to the high quality found in the rest of the movie, and it's obviously stock footage. Unless it was added to later digital versions of the movie to correct the continuity error, no error actually occurs. See more »


Squadron Leader Barry Clinton: [When the enemy first bombs their airfield, and he embodies the attitude of the whole nation] This is where we learn to take it.
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a mildly interesting, low budget production
9 October 2011 | by deschreiberSee all my reviews

This is a mildly interesting, low budget version of The Battle of Britain. But the fact that it doesn't include any real air action is a huge letdown. The filmmakers borrowed about six Hurricanes from the Portuguese air force, marked them up as British, and filmed them flying past the camera in various ways, taxiing and landing. That's about the extent of real footage for air action. The rest is done with studio shots of men in canopies. Well, not quite all. It's hard to understand why the producers couldn't get footage of air battles, apart from one shot of a half dozen contrails across the sky. Unimpressive. Especially noticeable was the lack of footage of German aircraft. In its place they used some truly embarrassing makeshift replacements, the very worst of which was a drawing of a handful of bombers from below with one fake bomb animated as falling from one of them--truly laughable. And it was used not once, but twice. A couple of models of Messerschmidts on wires were used to show German fighters coming in to attack, and a rather pitiful attempt was made at special effects to depict the downing of German aircraft, seen from the cockpit of British fighters. For a film whose very title indicates battles in the air, it is all very disappointing. The story is workable, if uninspired, leaving just the workings of the air defence system as the main interest in the film. The jaunty dialogue among flyers who in real life would be scared out of their wits was annoying.

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