The First of the Few

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  • Drama
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Detailed and assured chronicle of RJ Mitchell's trials and triumphs in designing and building the Spitfire, the fighter plane whose aerial superiority won the Battle of Britain. Director/star Howard - who died on an RAF mission in 1943 - brings appropriate dedication to his final screen role, while Niven is suitably chummy as his test-pilot pal. Stirring score by William Walton.

Release details

Duration: 118 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Leslie Howard
Screenwriter: Miles Malleson, Anatole De Grunwald
Cast: Leslie Howard
David Niven
Rosamund John
Roland Culver
Anne Firth
Cyril Raymond
Bernard Miles
Miles Malleson
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