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The Battle of Britain on Screen'The Few' in British Film and Television Drama$
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S.P. Mackenzie

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748623891

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623891.001.0001

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One for All: Angels One Five (1952)

One for All: Angels One Five (1952)

(p.47) 3 One for All: Angels One Five (1952)
The Battle of Britain on Screen

S. P. MacKenzie

Edinburgh University Press

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

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