They Flew Alone

  • U
  • Herbert Wilcox (1941)
  • UK
  • 94 min
They Flew Alone
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Biographical drama starring Anna Neagle as intrepid aviator Amy Johnson, whose determination and spirit of adventure made her one of Britain's best-loved fliers. But her ill-fated marriage to troubled fellow pilot Jim Mollison (Robert Newton) threatened to overshadow her record-breaking achievements.

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Herbert Wilcox

Other Information

Language: 
English
Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
R.K.O. Radio Pictures Ltd
Available on DVD
Certificate U
Distributor:
Odeon Entertainment
Categories
Drama