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School for Secrets (1946)

During World War II, on the eve of the Battle of Britain, British scientists develop the first radar systems to be employed against the German Luftwaffe.

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Peter Ustinov

Writer:

Peter Ustinov
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Richardson ... Prof. Heatherville
Raymond Huntley ... Prof. Laxton-Jones
John Laurie ... Dr. McVitie
Ernest Jay Ernest Jay ... Dr. Dainty
David Tomlinson ... Mr. Watlington
Finlay Currie ... Sir Duncan Wills
Norman Webb Norman Webb ... Dr. Wainwright
Michael Hordern ... Lt. Cmdr. Lowther
Pamela Matthews Pamela Matthews ... Mrs. Watlington
Joan Haythorne Joan Haythorne ... Mrs. Laxton-Jones
Joan Young Joan Young ... Mrs. McVitie
Ann Wilton Ann Wilton ... Mrs. Dainty
Richard Attenborough ... Jack Arnold
David Hutcheson David Hutcheson ... Squadron Leader Sowerby
Patrick Waddington ... Group Capt. Aspinall
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Wartime tale of a group of British scientists efforts to develop the first radar system. They did it just in time for it to be used in the Battle of Britain against the might of the Nazi Luftwaffe. Without it the little island could well have been overrun. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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The secret a Million kept !

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Drama | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1946 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Epikindyno mystiko See more »

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Two Cities Films See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Directorial debut of Sir Peter Ustinov. See more »

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Facts from a JSO who was at TRE.
25 August 2009 | by rbrettknowlesSee all my reviews

I was a Junior Scientific Officer at TRE Malvern and lent my Wellington aircraft to the film makers to show 'window' deployment. I recall seeing a clip of this activity in 1946, whether in a cinema or at TRE theatre I cannot recall. The DVD does not show it. The DVD is factually incorrect,the acting dreadful and the plot frequently chronologically incorrect. Life at TRE was nothing like that portrayed and the love story sloppy in the extreme The operator in the Bruneval Raid was Flight Sergeant Cox, the only person dressed in RAF uniform. Probably as some colonel in a plush office whose nearest to the war was the golf course or polo ground saying that'We can't have an RAF chap in army uniform eh what' It was this raid which caused the overnight exodus from Worth to Malvern College for fear of reprisals. R.B-K


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