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Landfall (1949)

Rick (Michael Denison) is a costal command pilot patrolling the English Channel for U-Boats. He sinks what he believes is a German submarine, but which later proves to be British. He is ... See full summary »

Director:

Ken Annakin

Writers:

Nevil Shute (novel), Talbot Jennings (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Denison ... Rick
Patricia Plunkett ... Mona
Edith Sharpe Edith Sharpe ... Rick's Mother
Margaret Barton Margaret Barton ... Rick's Sister
Charles Victor Charles Victor ... Mona's Father
Kathleen Harrison ... Mona's Mother
Denis O'Dea ... Captain Burnaby
Margaretta Scott ... Mrs. Burnaby
Sebastian Shaw ... Wing Cdr. Dickens
Maurice Denham ... Wing Cdr. Hewitt
A.E. Matthews ... Air Raid Warden
David Tomlinson ... Binks
Joan Dowling Joan Dowling ... Miriam, Barmaid
Frederick Leister Frederick Leister ... Admiral
Nora Swinburne ... Admiral's Wife
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Rick (Michael Denison) is a costal command pilot patrolling the English Channel for U-Boats. He sinks what he believes is a German submarine, but which later proves to be British. He is charged with neglect and volunteers for a perilous mission. Meanwhile, his girlfriend Mona (Patricia Plunkett), through some odd information she has picked up, is trying to prove that Rick is innocent of the charges and actually did sink a German U-Boat. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Drama | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1949 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This opens with a caddish well-to-do young man driving a young lady home and pretending that his car has just broken down on a quiet country lane. The exact same ploy was used in Ken Annakin's previous film, Vote for Huggett (1949). See more »

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The Anson comes in to attack and bombs the German sub. It then comes round for another bombing run and amazingly, the bomb racks have re-loaded. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: "Wars come, and all the world is shattered by their blast. But through it all young people meet, fall in love and marry."

PORTSMOUTH MARCH 1940 See more »

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Mona
by Sonny Miller and Joyce Cochrane (as Joyce Cochran)
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Acceptable war film
21 February 2017 | by MarlburianSee all my reviews

This is an acceptable WWII film that I watched courtesy of Talking Pictures TV channel, with the scenes featuring aircraft offering something for aviation enthusiasts.

The first few minutes plodded a bit with one protracted discussion between Rick and Mona and then another between Rick and newly-arrived pilot Binks; the "musical" efforts of the latter were almost irritating. But unlike another reviewer here on IMDb I thought there was good chemistry between Rick and Mona - and between Rick and Binks.

Denison's initial breeziness irked somewhat, but he performed well enough after he thought he'd sunk a British submarine. The sub-theme of class difference didn't quite work because Patricia Plunkett as Mona seemed too superior for a barmaid working in a pub popular with servicemen.

The actors playing senior naval and air-force officers were effective.

After I'd watched the film I thought that it seemed very much like a plot by Nevil Shute, and a check of IMDb showed that it was.


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