One for All: Angels One Five (1952)

S. P. MacKenzie

in The Battle of Britain on Screen

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780748623891
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651276 | DOI:
One for All: Angels One Five (1952)

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The 1950s would prove to be the heyday of the British war picture. In the years after World War II, those participants who had interesting experiences to relate and the means to do so were often either putting pen to paper or hiring writers to tell their stories. There was no doubt that large numbers of cinema-goers were willing to pay to see war films of all kinds as long as they dealt with the British experience. Given the position it had already achieved during the war, and the way in which the Air Ministry continued to remind the public of what was being framed as the Royal Air Force's definitive wartime triumph – thanksgiving services, march-past parades, airfield open days and, of course, flypasts – each year on 15 September, it is hardly surprising that the Battle of Britain should have been viewed as one of the first war subjects seen as fit for the production of feature films in the 1950s. Indeed, as early as June 1951, production had started on what was to become Angels One Five.

Keywords: Angels One Five; war films; Battle of Britain; World War II; Royal Air Force; feature films

Chapter.  5633 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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