This straight tale of what happened to an RAF airdrome when it was taken over by the 8th USAAF is outstanding. It's the nearest thing to a Yank's letter home from wartime England ever to reach the screen.

This straight tale of what happened to an RAF airdrome when it was taken over by the 8th USAAF is outstanding. It’s the nearest thing to a Yank’s letter home from wartime England ever to reach the screen.

Not the least interesting thing is the camera technique. Instead of many aerial shots, the camera is grounded entirely. Except for a few necessary runway shots and snatches of formation flying as seen from the ground, the camera concentrates on how the forces lived on terra firma.

Despite technically perfect performances by the three male principals – Michael Redgrave, John Mills and Douglass Montgomery – Rosamund John actually walks away with the acting honors in a part as devoid of glamor as it is rich in femme charm.

Several sequences showing the British aces imitating the Yanks, and the Yanks imitating the Englishmen, are guaranteed belly laughs.

Direction by Anthony Asquith is underlined with sincerity and imagination while the script by Terence Rattigan [based on a scenario by him and Richard Sherman] is strong.

The Way to the Stars

UK

Production

Two Cities. Director Anthony Asquith; Producer Anatole de Grunwald; Screenplay Terence Rattigan; Camera Derrick Williams; Editor Fergus McDonell; Music Nicholas Brodzsky; Art Director Paul Sheriff, Carmen Dillon

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1945. Running time: 107 MIN.

With

John Mills Michael Redgrave Douglass Montgomery Trevor Howard Rosamund John Stanley Holloway
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