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Journey Together (1945)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 1 October 1945 (UK)
British propaganda film from WW2 stressing the importance of the navigator on RAF's bomber crews.

Director:

John Boulting

Writers:

John Boulting, Terence Rattigan (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Attenborough ... David Wilton
Jack Watling ... John Aynesworth
David Tomlinson ... Smith
Stuart Latham Stuart Latham ... Flight Sergeant Fitter
Hugh Wakefield ... Acting Lieutenant
Bromley Challenor Bromley Challenor ... Airman Second Class Jay
Z. Peremowski Z. Peremowski ... An Anson Pilot
Ronald Squire ... Group Captain on Aircrew Interview Board
Derek N. Twist Derek N. Twist ... Wing Commander on Aircrew Interview Board (as Derek Twist)
Leslie Nixen Leslie Nixen ... Group Captain, Aircrew Reception Centre
Len Reeve Len Reeve ... Corporal at Air Crew Reception Centre
W. Busby W. Busby ... Squadron Leader at Air Crew Reception Centre
Arthur Macrae Arthur Macrae ... Wing Commander - Initial Training Wing
Reginald Tate Reginald Tate ... Commanding Officer, Initial Training Wing
Elwyn Price Elwyn Price ... Instructor, Initial Training Wing
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Storyline

David Wilton (Sir Richard Attenborough), John Aynesworth (Jack Watling), and Smith (David Tomlinson) are amongst a group of cadets hoping to become pilots in the Royal Air Force. David, however, has poor height perception and cannot master his landings. Therefore, he is sent to navigator's school, but finds it hard to concentrate on his new job due to despondency over losing his chance to be "something important", a pilot. His friends and teachers join in an effort to show David the vast importance of the navigator, something he learns for himself over the target city of Berlin. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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1946's Roughest...Toughest...Suspenseful...Sensation! See more »

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Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1945 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Journey Together See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The portrait photo of David Wilton's (Richard Attenborough) girlfriend is that of Attenborough's wife, the actress Sheila Sim. See more »

Goofs

Wilton doesn't wear gloves during the final mission, at the height Lancasters flew (around 20,000 feet) navigators only removed them long enough to complete their calculations before putting them back on or they would lose fingers to frostbite. See more »

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"You've Got A Fine Navigator"
25 May 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Journey Together is a film made with a lot of the acting talent that was still in the Royal Air Force in 1945. In that respect it was like the David Niven film The Way Ahead which was done while Niven and the rest of the male members of that cast were still in the service. In this case Richard Attenborough who had made a big impression in a small role in In Which We Serve got to star in this film about a young enlistee in the RAF who wants to be a pilot.

From the days of Eddie Rickenbacker to the days of Tom Cruise in Top Gun the glamor spot in the Air service of any country is being a pilot. You get the commission, the rank, and the best of the female groupies around. Attenborough's no different, but he does not make it as a pilot.

However while training in Arizona he gets to work with instructor Edward G. Robinson who washes him out as a pilot, but says he can make it as a navigator. As Robinson puts it the pilot is just glamorized driver, he was the whole show in those single engine biplanes from World War I, but in this war he's just the head of crew and they all have jobs to do.

Particularly the navigator and Robinson and I agree it takes brains to be a navigator, to read those charts and instruments and plot a right course. He fails, everybody fails.

Attenborough gets a chance in combat to show how important navigators are and what he does is what you see Journey Together for.

The presence of Edward G. Robinson albeit in a small role insured a few more dollars for the American market. But the film is Attenborough's and he does a fine job in the lead. Journey Together is a nicely plotted war film and aviation buffs will love seeing those vintage British airplanes.


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