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Submitted by Roger Mellor

One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942)
"Radio Times" film guide

Director - Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Screenplay - Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Producers - Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Starring - Godfrey Tearle
Running Time - 102 mins
Country of Origin - UK

This is an exciting enough Second World War adventure, as the crew of a crashed Wellington bomber attempts to evade Nazi patrols and reach home. Directors Michael Powell (who also has a cameo role) and Emeric Pressburger are more successful at re-creating the bomber raid and its spectacular crash than they are at capturing an authentic Dutch atmosphere. It's a classic example of the way in which fictional stories were given a documentary style in order to increase their propaganda impact, and Powell and Pressburger's script received an Oscar nomination. There are sterling supporting turns from Peter Ustinov and Hay Petrie, but the film looks and sounds rather dated now.

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