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Vliegtuig vermist (1939)

Q Planes (original title)
A quirky British Secret Service Agent named Major Hammond tries to discover who is using a secret weapon to steal experimental planes.

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Tim Whelan, Arthur B. Woods (uncredited)

Writers:

Brock Williams (original story), Jack Whittingham (original story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Laurence Olivier ... Tony McVane
Ralph Richardson ... Major Charles Hammond
Valerie Hobson ... Kay Hammond
George Curzon George Curzon ... Jenkins
George Merritt ... Barrett
Gus McNaughton ... Blenkinsop
David Tree ... Robert Mackenzie
Sandra Storme ... Daphne
Hay Petrie Hay Petrie ... Stage Door Keeper
Frank Fox Frank Fox ... Karl
George Butler George Butler ... Air Marshall Gosport
Gordon McLeod Gordon McLeod ... The Baron
John Longden ... Peters (as John Longdon)
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Storyline

Experimental aircraft of several countries are mysteriously vanishing during test flights over the sea. The latest is British, and Hammond of the Secret Service, comical but competent, investigates undercover. Also interested is waitress Kay, a disguised reporter, and Hammond's sister. The government and plane manufacturer Barrett think the whole business is just coincidence, but the "Viking", ostensible salvage ship controlled by a foreign power, has much to do with it. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1939 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Vliegtuig vermist See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The test plane was an Airspeed AS 6 Envoy (not the AS 10 Oxford, note the much larger rectangular windows behind the distinctive cockpit windshield). First flown in 1934, it served primarily as a transport and training aircraft during World War II. Several variants were made, the primary difference being the engines used. One was outfitted for use by the Royal Family. Production ceased in 1939 with only fifty-two being made. See more »

Goofs

When Tony mans the machine gun, he sprays the enemy crew with gunfire. Some of the crew are right in front of the plane, so the plane should be riddled with bullet holes, but no bullet holes can be seen. See more »

Quotes

Tony McVane: You're pretty fresh, for a new girl.
Kay: New things should always be fresh.
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Soundtracks

Can't Get Along Without You
(uncredited)
from The Squeaker (1937)
Music by William Kernell
Arranged by Lionel Salter
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Some very "James Bond" elements, 25 years earlier
11 November 2001 | by clemdSee all my reviews

Experimental craft are disappearing. Why? Because villain uses a ray to disable the craft, then captures craft and crew intact. There must be half a dozen Bond films with this plot. The villian's henchmen are also very much in the Bond mold - running all over the ship like so many ants in an ant colony. Only difference is that these henchmen are more realistic; they are harder to kill, and are better shots.


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