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High Flight (1957)

Approved | | Drama, War | April 1958 (USA)
The Commanding Officer of an RAF Training School must deal with a difficult cadet, but the cadet reminds the C.O. of himself when young.

Director:

John Gilling

Writers:

Joseph Landon (screenplay), Ken Hughes (screenplay) (as Kenneth Hughes) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Milland ... Wing Commander Rudge
Bernard Lee ... Flight Sergeant Harris
Kenneth Haigh ... Tony Winchester
Anthony Newley ... Roger Endicott
Kenneth Fortescue Kenneth Fortescue ... John Fletcher
Sean Kelly Sean Kelly ... Cadet Day
Helen Cherry ... Louise
Leslie Phillips ... Squadron Leader Blake
Kynaston Reeves Kynaston Reeves ... Minister for Air
John Le Mesurier ... Commandant
Jan Brooks Jan Brooks ... Diana
Jan Holden ... Jackie
Richard Wattis ... Chauffeur
Andrew Keir ... Valetta Instructor
Charles Clay Charles Clay ... Colonel
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Storyline

The Commanding Officer of an RAF Training School must deal with a difficult cadet, but the cadet reminds the C.O. of himself when young.

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The wide sky its stage...the whole range of human emotions its back-drop...in the super-charged drama of the men who fly today's top-secret jets !

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kameraden der Luft See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Black and White (US theatrical prints)| Color (Technicolor) (UK prints) (as Technicolor®)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The de Havilland Vampire jet planes seen in this film had a surprisingly short active service life with the RAF, lasting only from 1946 to about 1960 before being replaced by more sophisticated planes. By the time this film was made they were already considered old fashioned, especially compared to the more advanced Russian MIG jets and plans were being initiated to replace them with the next generation of jet fighters. However some other countries like the new Zealand Air force continued using the planes until the 1970s. See more »

Goofs

Flying time Lincoln to Blackpool in a Vickers Valetta would be less than 40 minutes, not several hours. See more »

Quotes

Commandant: A dead pilot is a burden on the Treasury and an eyesore on the landscape.
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Alternate Versions

TCM print is shown in a version which is 86 min., color and panned and scanned and not the Cinemascope original See more »

Soundtracks

The Lincolnshire Poacher
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Traditional
Arranged by Michael Retford
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Not a great plot but still worth watching for nostalgia and good acting.
10 April 2014 | by eaton321See all my reviews

The downside of this film is that the plot is formulaic. A group of young men go through their pilot training at Cranwell, the RAF's version of Sandhurst, and of course you've got the rebel, Tony Winchester (Kenneth Haigh), the class clown, Roger Endicott (Anthony Newley), the stern but paternal flight sergeant (Bernard Lee) and the wing commander (Ray Milland), a man with dark things in his past. Things get rather silly at times and the one punch-up is possibly the least convincing fight scene I've ever witnessed in a movie. That said, the quality of the cast shines through. Milland was a film star with a highly impressive track record on both sides of the Atlantic, Kenneth Haigh was Jimmy Porter in the original stage production of the ground-breaking "Look Back in Anger" and the multi- talented Newley was also a pop singer and songwriter (he composed the song which the cadets sing in this film). For us oldies there are quite a few familiar faces in the supporting cast, notably Leslie Phillips and John Le Mesurier. Also worth watching are the aerial shots, especially of the Hawker Hunter fighter and the de Havilland Vampire jet trainer.


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