Approved | | Action, Drama, War
Inspired by Churchill's Dunkirk speech, brash, undisciplined bush pilot Brian MacLean and three friends enlist in the RCAF but are deemed too old to be fliers.
Ida Lupino was the first choice for the role of Emily Foster, but turned it down.
Francis Patrick 'Tiny' Murphy:
You know MacLean?
Scrounger Harris: Yeah, I've met him, but I don't like him.
Blimp Lebec: You don't like him? You should know how I don't like him!
Brian MacLean: And why do you say that? You know, I've always been very happy to see you. Look at Tiny. He never used to like me. Now he hates me.
Brian MacLean: ...
The film plays a recording of Churchill's famous 'We shall fight on the beaches' speech as the characters listen to it. But while Churchill did make the speech to the House of Commons in June of 1940, it was not broadcast at the time. The text appeared in newspapers and excerpts were read on the radio by a BBC announcer. The speech heard in the movie was 're-enacted' by Churchill nine years after that date. So the characters would not have been able to hear Churchill give the speech himself.
Sincere appreciation is expressed to Major the Honorable C.G. Power P.C., M.C., Minister of National Defence for Air (Canada) and to Air Marshal L.S. Breadner D.S.C., Chief of the Air Staff, Royal Canadian Air Force, without whose authority and generous co-operation this picture would not have been brought to its splendid conclusion. We also wish to express our thanks to Air Marshal Bishop, V.C. and other officers and men of the R.C.A.F. who, in the making of the picture, are portrayed in the actual performance of their regular duties.