The First of the Few

Spitfire

1942

Leslie Howard
Director
R.K.O.
Distributor
Samuel Goldwyn Films
Presents

The story of R.J. Mitchell, designer of the Spitfire aircraft.

Rewarding biopic and flagwaver all in one with good turns from Howard and Niven. Real Battle of Britain aces appear in the opening sequence.

The shorter US version has excised Crisp's amorous aspirations and hence some of the cast marked *



14th September 1942
Cinema





Spitfire
12th June 1943
Cinema








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Leslie Howard
R. J. Mitchell
David Niven
Geoffrey Crisp
Rosamund John
Diana
Roland Culver
Commander Bride
Anne Firth
Miss Harper
David Horne
Mr. Higgins
J.H. Roberts
Sir Robert McLean
Derrick De Marney
Squadron Leader Jefferson
Rosalyn Boulter
Mabel Lovesay*
Herbert Cameron
MacPherson
Toni Edgar-Bruce
Lady Houston (as Toni Edgar Bruce)
Gordon McLeod
Major Buchan
George Skillan
Sir Henry Royce
Erik Freund
Messerschmitt
Fritz Wendhausen
Von Straben (as F.R. Wendhausen)
John Chandos
Krantz
Victor Beaumont
Von Crantz*
Suzanne Clair
Madeleine*
Filippo Del Giudice
Bertorelli
Brefni O'Rorke
Harley Street specialist
Gerry Wilmot
Radio Announcer
Jack Peach
Radio Announcer
Joseph Goebbels
Himself (archive footage)
Hermann Göring
Himself (archive footage)
Adolf Hitler
Himself (archive footage)
Olaf Olsen
civilian at Richthofen Club
Tony Bartley
Himself
T.W. Gillen
Pilot Officer
Frank Howell
Squadron Leader
Brian Kingcombe
Himself
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Assorted RAF
Albert Chevalier
civilian in control room
Cyril Raymond
Radio Control Officer
C.F. 'Bunny' Currant
Wing Commander
Peter Howard-Williams
Squadron Leader
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Pilot
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Pilot
Allan Wright
Himself
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Pilot
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RAF
Max Earl
Mayor of Southampton
Robert Beatty
American Airman
Peter Gawthorne
Board Member
Everley Gregg
Mitchell housekeeper
Leslie Ruth Howard
Nurse Kennedy
Patricia Medina
Venetian Girl*
Miles Malleson
Vickers Representative
Bernard Miles
Lady Houston's Agent
Peter Hammond
German glider club member
Gerard Heinz
German officer at Richthofen Club
Gerhard Kempinski
civilian at Richthofen Club
Alexander Kardan
civilian at Richthofen Club
Robert Rendel
Air Marshal Bradford
Fred Wood
extra

Chris Survela: Vidcaps
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