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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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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 !

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Drama | War

Certificate:

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Trivia

Sean Kelly and Jan Brooks receive 'And Introducing' credits. 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

Royal Air Force College March
(uncredited)
Music by A.E. Sims
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A wonderful memory
28 February 2014 | by jvdesuit1See all my reviews

I saw this movie when it was released in Paris. I was 16 and after watching the movie a whole afternoon, at that time in Paris you could enter a theater and stay as long as you wished, I wanted to become a pilot. Circumstances made it that I've never been one...

I think Robert J. Maxwell here is very unjust with this movie. Just try to put yourself in the situation of movie making of the late 50s. The movie was shot in Cinemascope and released either in color or B&W as stated here. Cinemascope required a huge equipment especially lighting as at the time the sensitiveness of 35mm film was not very high if you wished to have the best definition possible. The camera used were also heavy and not easy to move, just like television cameras at that time.

You cant compare the conditions of shoot in those days with the extraordinary conditions we have today with light cameras, CGI and all the computer devices at the disposal of the movie teams today.

It's a pity on youtube that the movie has been cropped to fit the 16:9 ratio. It's a betrayal of all the work of the Director of photography as well as of the director. This kind of adjustments should not be tolerated.


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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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