1940s One of Our Aircraft is Missing (1942)

Published on September 26th, 2007 | by Chris

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One of Our Aircraft is Missing (1942)


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Maybe I should have toughed it out, but I couldn't. I was nearly falling asleep from the drone of the engines and the dull conversation. Maybe someone can explain to me why One of Our Aircraft is Missing is such a lauded film and I may give it a second look when I'm tanked on caffeine or something.

One of Our Aircraft is Missing (1942)I'm reading a lot of other reviews praising this movie, and quite frankly I just don't get it.

To be even more frank, I'm not sure I should even be writing this, as I honestly quit paying attention about 30 minutes into the movie.  Seriously.

One of Our Aircraft is Missing is the story of a British bomber crew who gets shot down, and bails out over the Netherlands.  From there they find help from the Dutch resistance.  What happens after that I don't know, and quite frankly I could care less.

If you make it through the film longer than I did, congratulations, you have infinite patience, which I do not.  About the only redeeming quality I saw in the part I made it through were the (I think) innovative "receding" titles, which I can't say I've seen much of in films of the day.

From there, the movie progresses into an infinitely dull conversation on board the bomber.  Which is nearly drowned out by the constant drone of the engine.  That's about all I heard.  Hummmmmmm.....  talk talk talk... Hummmmmm.....  man.  All this with no soundtrack to speak of.  Realistic?  Sure, I suppose, but man....

The acting and script seemed better suited for a stage production, and in particular the parts of the resistance that I saw were really suited for the cornfield rather than the screen.

Maybe I should have toughed it out, but I couldn't.  I was nearly falling asleep from the drone of the engines and the dull conversation.  Maybe someone can explain to me why One of Our Aircraft is Missing is such a lauded film and I may give it a second look when I'm tanked on caffeine or something.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It May be Propaganda, but it is a Well-Done War Film, February 1, 2015
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I enjoyed this film. It is a thriller of English pilots who fall in Nazi-occupied Holland after their plane is struck down by the Nazis. The story shows how the Dutch Resistance helps these British pilots escape the Nazi-occupied territory. While celebrating the heroics of the Dutch Resistance and the British soldiers, the film avoids the usual cliches often associated with these kind of films. Absence of blind gung-hoism, it remains a great story of people struggling for their freedom in the worst of times, and I think it is a pity that this film has not received the treatment of other Powell and Pressburger films. Perhaps for this reason I give the film 4 stars. In spite the fact that this film is in desperate need for restoration, the images and the audio are good enough to enjoy the story. Films reproduced by Alpha, although lacking the visual and audio quality of a Criterion treatment or of other major distributors, still delivers a product that is, at least, satisfactory and... Read more
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One of Our Aircraft Is Missing, June 26, 2012
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This is one of Powell/Pressburger's worthwhile WWII dramas, edited by David Lean, concerning the travails of a British bomber crew forced to bail out over German occupied Holland, and the heroic--based on real life occurrences--group of Dutch people that help them escape back to England at great peril to the Dutch. One of the older British crewmen in this story gave rise to Powell-Pressburger's subsequent classic production of "The Life And Death of Colonel Blimp".

My problem is not with "Aircraft..." itself. My problem is with the truly awful quality of this film print, both sound and picture. You can barely see the image, and the audio is all but unintelligible. For those cineastes who still want to collect this film, I would point them to the 2011 DVD version offered directly from Amazon. It has no colorful artwork on the DVD case or disk label, but the print itself is quite good for a 60+ year old b/w film, at least 200% better than this print being reviewed... Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Four stars for the movie, two stars for the Alpha Video DVD, September 27, 2011
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The film is quite good, and doesn't have any feel of being a propaganda movie; if I were never told that it was financed by the British Ministry of Information, I certainly wouldn't have guessed it. The story is simple but filled with character, detail, suspense and humor, and the fellowship of the British airmen and the Dutch resistance in the face of their common enemy is quite touching. The cinematography is striking as well, particularly the tension-filled scenes inside the Dutch church. Fans of Powell & Pressburger will definitely want to check it out.

Unfortunately, the quality of the Alpha Video DVD is surprisingly poor. It seems to have been mastered not from a film copy but from an old videotape. The sound in particular is very poor quality, and the dialogue is incomprehensible in the scenes inside the plane because of the background sound of the propellers. Amazingly, Alpha Video superimposes their logo over the credits, just in case anyone is wondering at that... Read more
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One of Our Aircraft is Missing (1942) Chris

Summary: Maybe I should have toughed it out, but I couldn't. I was nearly falling asleep from the drone of the engines and the dull conversation. Maybe someone can explain to me why One of Our Aircraft is Missing is such a lauded film and I may give it a second look when I'm tanked on caffeine or something.

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