Based on the true story of how, during World War II, a gang of desparadoes (British officers enlisted for “hostilities only” and local partisans) Read More »
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One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942) Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, Godfrey Tearle, Eric Portman, Hugh Williams, Action, Adventure, Drama
Throughout the Allied Bombing offensive of World War II the people was frequently advised that “A raid happened last night over…, One (or more) Our Aircraft Is Missing”. Read More »
Unknown to his Communist girlfriend, Bert Gibbs the plumber inherited a title from his recently ennobled father when the latter died. Read More »
The Wild Heart (1952) Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, Jennifer Jones, David Farrar, Cyril Cusack, Drama, Romance
A re-editing of Gone to Earth (1950) after a disagreement and court case between director Michael Powell and producer David O. Selznick. Read More »
49th Parallel (1941) Michael Powell, Leslie Howard, Laurence Olivier, Richard George, Drama, War, Thriller
In the early years of World War II, a German U-boat (U-37) sinks Allied shipping in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and then tries to evade Canadian Military Forces seeking to destroy it by sailing up to Hudson Bay. Read More »
The Thief of Bagdad (1940) Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, Conrad Veidt, Sabu, June Duprez, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Prince Ahmad is the rightful King of Bagdad but he has been blinded and cast out as a beggar. Read More »
The Small Back Room (1949) Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, David Farrar, Jack Hawkins, Kathleen Byron, Drama, Romance, Thriller
The best bomb disposal officer during World War II was badly injured and is in frequent pain. Read More »
The Spy in Black / L’Espion Noir (1939) Michael Powell, Conrad Veidt, Valerie Hobson, Sebastian Shaw, Thriller, War
Captain Hardt (Conrad Veidt), a World War I German submarine commander, is ordered to lead a mission to attack the British Fleet at Scapa Flow. He puts ashore on the Orkney Islands to meet his contact but finds more than he bargained for in the local schoolmistress (Valerie Hobson).
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Stairway to Heaven (1946) Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, David Niven, Kim Hunter, Robert Coote, Drama, Fantasy, Comedy
Returning to England from a bombing run in May 1945, flyer Peter Carter’s plane is damaged and his parachute ripped to shreds. He has his crew bail out safely, but figures it is curtains for himself. He gets on the radio, and talks to June, a young American woman working for the USAAF, and they are quite moved by each other’s voices. Then he jumps, preferring this to burning up with his plane. He wakes up in the surf. It was his time to die, but there was a mixup in heaven. They couldn’t find him in all that fog. By the time his “Conductor” catches up with him 20 hours later, Peter and June have met and fallen in love. This changes everything, and since it happened through no fault of his own, Peter figures that heaven owes him a second chance. Heaven agrees to a trial to decide his fate.
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When a neutral Danish merchant ship is forced to put into port after trying to evade British wartime contraband control, its captain becomes involved in a beautiful British Naval Intelligent agent’s efforts to capture a group of German spies operating from a London cinema.
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