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Reach for the Sky (15-Oct-1956)

Director: Lewis Gilbert

Writers: Lewis Gilbert; Vernon Harris

Based on a book: Reach for the Sky: The Story of Douglas Bader by Paul Brickhill

Music Composed by: John Addison

Producer: Daniel M. Angel

Keywords: Drama, Biography, Disability

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Lyndon Brook
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Alexander Knox
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Howard Marion-Crawford
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Kenneth More
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Lee Patterson
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Muriel Pavlow
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Eric Pohlmann
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Kenneth More   ...   Douglas Bader
Also Starring
Muriel Pavlow   ...   Thelma Bader
Lyndon Brook   ...   Johnny Sanderson
Lee Patterson   ...   Turner
Alexander Knox   ...   Mr. Joyce
Dorothy Alison   ...   Nurse Brace
Michael Warre   ...   Harry Day
Sydney Tafler   ...   Robert Desoutter
Howard Marion-Crawford   ...   Woody Woodhall
Jack Watling   ...   Peel
Walter Hudd   ...   Air Vice-Marshal Halahan
Ernest Clark   ...   Base Commander
Nigel Green   ...   Streatfield
Anne Leon   ...   Sister Thornhill
Charles Carson   ...   Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding
Ronald Adam   ...   Air Vice-Marshal Leigh-Mallory
Basil Appleby   ...   Crowley-Milling
Philip Stainton   ...   Police Constable
Eddie Byrne   ...   Flight Sergeant Mills
Beverly Brooks   ...   Sally
Michael Ripper   ...   Warrant Officer West
Derek Blomfield   ...   Civilian Pilot
Avice Landone   ...   Douglas Bader's Mother
Eric Pohlmann   ...   Adjutant of Prison Camp
Michael Gough   ...   Flying Instructor Pearson
Harry Locke   ...   Bates
Sam Kydd   ...   Warrant Officer Blake


Review by Nigel Williamson (posted on 1-Aug-2008)

A cracking biography of Douglas Bader, who, despite having lost both his legs in a flying accident in the Thirties, went on to become one of the Royal Air Force's fighter aces during The Battle of Britain, flying Spitfire's against the Luftwaffe as a squadron and then Wing Commander, and went on to form the 'big-wing' tactic that proved so successful against the german air forces. Bader was the pilot that led the victory fly-past over London of the RAF who had defended it so well. Ken More plays the part with typical english gung-ho and RAF plumminess, epitomising all the dash and verve the English were so in need of in the stark realities of post-war recovery in Britain. Watch this film to see how REAL heroes were made(or how the English thought they were, anyway!)

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