345. One Of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942)

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5.4 Dull propaganda
  • Acting 5.1
  • Directing 5.5
  • Story 5.5
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Starring: Godfrey Tearle, Eric Portman, Hugh Williams

Director: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

Running Time: 102 mins


One Of Our Aircraft Is Missing is a British propaganda film about a bomber squadron that crashes in occupied Holland in the first part of the Second World War, and they must enlist the help of the local resident to escape back to Blighty.

Right, with a propaganda film made during the war, mainly designed to lift the spirits of the British public in the middle of WWII, you’re never going to get a brilliant film with a fantastic story, and this was the case, so that was why I didn’t really like this film.

Of course, I felt that it did the job it was designed to do, it was an uplifting tale showing the fantastic ingenuity of the British soldiers when in a sticky situation, that would have been very good for boosting morale of the people.

However, in this modern day and age, with some thrilling films about, I couldn’t help but feel that this was incredibly boring. The story had no conflict, it was all about the brilliance of the soldiers and the kindness of the residents in helping them escape from the Germans, which just made it predictable and dull to watch, and the whole thing was just incredibly slow, and because of that, I’ll give this a 5.4.

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