πŸŽ₯ The Dam Busters – 1955

The Story …

In early 1942, aeronautical engineer Barnes Wallis is struggling to develop a means of attacking Germany’s dams in the hope of crippling German heavy industry.

Working for the Ministry of Aircraft Production, as well as his own job at Vickers, he works feverishly to make practical his theory of a bouncing bomb which would skip over the water to avoid protective torpedo nets.

When it hit the dam, backspin would make it sink whilst retaining contact with the wall, making the explosion far more destructive.

Wallis calculates that the aircraft will have to fly extremely low (150 feet (46 m)) to enable the bombs to skip over the water correctly, but when he takes his conclusions to the Ministry, he is told that lack of production capacity means they cannot go ahead with his proposals …

Angry and frustrated, Wallis secures an interview with Sir Arthur “Bomber” Harris (played by Basil Sydney), the head of RAF Bomber Command, who at first is reluctant to take the idea seriously. Eventually, however, he is convinced and takes the idea to the Prime Minister, who authorises the project.

Bomber Command forms a special squadron of Lancaster bombers, 617 Squadron, to be commanded by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, and tasked to fly the mission. He recruits experienced crews, especially those with low-altitude flight experience.

While they train for the mission, Wallis continues his development of the bomb but has problems, such as the bomb breaking apart upon hitting the water. This requires the drop altitude to be reduced to 60 feet (18 m). With only a few weeks to go, he succeeds in fixing the problems and the mission can go ahead.

The bombers attack the dams. Eight Lancasters and their crews are lost, but two dams are breached and the overall mission succeeds. Wallis later encounters Gibson, clearly affected by the loss of the crewmen, but Gibson stresses the squadron knew what they were facing but they went in regardless of the odds.

Before they part Wallis asks if Gibson will finally get some sleep. Gibson says he cannot; he has to write letters to the dead airmen’s next of kin …

Credits :

  • Directed by : Michael Anderson
  • Screenplay by : R. C. Sherriff
  • Based on : The Dam Busters by Paul Brickhill – Enemy Coast Ahead by Guy Gibson
  • Produced by : Robert Clark and W. A. Whittaker
  • Cinematography : Erwin Hillier and Gilbert Taylor (Special Effects Photography)
  • Edited by : Richard Best
  • Music by : Eric Coates and Leighton Lucas
  • Production Company : Associated British Picture Corporation
  • Distributed by : Associated British PathΓ©
  • Release Date : 16 May 1955

Cast :

  • Richard Todd as Wing Commander Guy Gibson, CO of 617 Squadron and pilot of “George”
  • Michael Redgrave as Barnes Wallis, assistant chief designer, Aviation Section, Vickers-Armstrong Ltd
  • Ursula Jeans as Mrs Molly Wallis
  • Basil Sydney as Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Harris, GOC-in-C, RAF Bomber Command
  • Patrick Barr as Captain Joseph “Mutt” Summers, Chief Test Pilot, Vickers-Armstrong Ltd
  • Ernest Clark as Air Vice-Marshal Ralph Cochrane, AOC, No. 5 Group RAF
  • Derek Farr as Group Captain John Whitworth, station commander, RAF Scampton
  • Charles Carson as Doctor
  • Stanley Van Beers as David Pye, director of scientific research, Air Ministry
  • Colin Tapley as Dr William Glanville, director of Road Research, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research
  • Frederick Leister as committee member
  • Eric Messiter as committee member
  • Laidman Browne as committee member
  • Raymond Huntley as National Physical Laboratory Official
  • Hugh Manning as Ministry of Aircraft Production Official
  • Edwin Styles as Observer at Trials
  • Hugh Moxey as Observer at Trials
  • Anthony Shaw as RAF Officer at Trials
  • Laurence Naismith as Farmer
  • Harold Siddons as Group Signals Officer
  • Frank Phillips as BBC Announcer
  • Brewster Mason as Flight Lieutenant Richard Trevor-Roper, rear gunner of “George”
  • Anthony Doonan as Flight Lieutenant Robert Hutchison, wireless operator of “George”
  • Nigel Stock as Flying Officer Frederick Spafford, bomb aimer of “George”
  • Brian Nissen as Flight Lieutenant Torger Taerum, navigator of “George”
  • Robert Shaw as Flight Sergeant John Pulford, flight engineer of “George”
  • Peter Assinder as Pilot Officer Andrew Deering, front gunner of “George”
  • Richard Leech as Squadron Leader Melvin “Dinghy” Young, pilot of “Apple”
  • Richard Thorp as Squadron Leader Henry Maudslay, pilot of “Zebra”
  • John Fraser as Flight Lieutenant John Hopgood, pilot of “Mother”
  • David Morrell as Flight Lieutenant Bill Astell, pilot of “Baker”
  • Bill Kerr as Flight Lieutenant H. B. “Micky” Martin, pilot of “Popsie”
  • George Baker as Flight Lieutenant David Maltby, pilot of “Johnny”
  • Ronald Wilson as Flight Lieutenant Dave Shannon, pilot of “Leather”
  • Denys Graham as Flying Officer Les Knight, pilot of “Nancy”
  • Basil Appleby as Flight Lieutenant Bob Hay, bomb aimer of “Popsie”
  • Tim Turner as Flight Lieutenant Jack Leggo, navigator of “Popsie”
  • Ewen Solon as Flight Sergeant G. E. Powell, crew chief
  • Harold Goodwin as Gibson’s batman
  • Peter Arne (uncredited) as Staff Officer to Air-Vice Marshal Cochrane
  • Edward Cast (uncredited) as Crew Member
  • Richard Coleman (uncredited) as RAF Officer
  • Brenda de Banzie (uncredited) as Waitress
  • Peter Diamond (uncredited) as Tail Gunner
  • Gerald Harper (uncredited) as RAF Officer
  • Arthur Howard (uncredited) as RAF Pay Clerk in NAAFI
  • Lloyd Lamble (uncredited) as Collins
  • Philip Latham (uncredited) as Flight Sergeant
  • Patrick McGoohan (uncredited) as RAF Security Guard
  • Edwin Richfield (uncredited) as RAF Officer
  • Elisabeth Gaunt (Barnes Wallis’s daughter in real life) as photographer in the test tank
  • And ‘Nigga’ the Black Labrador Retriever – Mascot to No.617 Squadron

Film Information :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dam_Busters_(film)

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