They Flew Alone

They Flew Alone

Herbert Wilcox (1941)

94min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Called Wings and the Woman on its American release, this is producer/director Herbert Wilcox's account of the life of pioneer female flier Amy Johnson. Anna Neagle plays Johnson with vim and vigour, though her playboy husband is portrayed by Robert Newton as little more than an alcoholic co-pilot. Johnson perished in a plane crash in the Thames Estuary in 1941, and Wilcox's device of having the character return from beyond the grave to deliver a patriotic wartime sermon now seems mawkish.

Summary

Fact-based drama telling the story of 1930s British aviation pioneer Amy Johnson, who made history with a series of record-breaking solo flights around the world, before going on to aid the RAF in the Second World War. However, her rise to public acclaim placed a strain on her marriage to a fellow pilot. Starring Anna Neagle and Robert Newton.

Cast & Crew

Amy Johnson Anna Neagle
Jim Mollison Robert Newton
Mr Johnson Edward Chapman
Mrs Johnson Joan Kemp-Welch
ATA commandant Nora Swinburne
Lord Wakefield Charles Carson
Mac Brefni O'Rorke
Housekeeper Muriel George
Schoolmistress Martita Hunt
Director Herbert Wilcox
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Theatrical distributor: R.K.O. Radio Pictures Ltd Available on: Available on DVD

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