The First of the Few


The First of the Few

Biopic that chronicles the true story of visionary Spitfire designer RJ Mitchell and his test pilot Geoffrey Crisp.


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'It is the 20th century of the Christian era,

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'but the dark menace of medieval tyranny has risen again in Germany

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'and reached out over the face of Europe.

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'Austria has gone.

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'Czechoslovakia has been absorbed.

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'Poland has been obliterated.

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'Denmark is invaded.

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'Norway is overrun.

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'Holland falls.

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'Belgium falls.

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'France is invaded.

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'France falls.'

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-RADIO ANNOUNCER:

-'England's back is to the wall.'

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'The army has struggled back from Dunkirk,

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'having only courage to fight with.'

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'Britain stands alone and isolated.'

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'Here in America, we watch sympathetically.

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'Can Britain weather the storm of invasion?'

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'Many believe that great empire may go down to defeat.'

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'This will be a fateful summer for the world.'

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-LORD HAW-HAW:

-'Germany calling. Germany calling. Germany calling.

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'The Fuhrer says, "I shall wipe out their towns and cities.

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'"Britain is no longer an island.

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'"She shall be a camp for my soldiers,

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'"and I shall go to Buckingham Palace at the head of my army in August."

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'Dr Goebbels says, "The hour is here."

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'"England will be erased from history.

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'"It will be over in a few weeks.

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'"Never has a great empire found its end

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'"in so crazy a melodrama, destitute of all greatness."'

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'Field Marshal Goering declares,

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'"The end of Britain is near.

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'"In a few days, London will no longer be a town.

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'"Over the desolation made by my beloved Luftwaffe,

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'"German soldiers will power to history's greatest triumph.

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'"We shall parade in Whitehall in August."'

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CHURCHILL: 'What has happened in France makes no difference

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'to British faith and purpose.

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'We have become the sole champions now in arms

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'to defend the world cause.

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'We shall do our best to be worthy of that high honour.

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'We shall defend our island,

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'and with the British Empire around us,

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'we shall fight on, unconquerable,

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'until the curse of Hitler is lifted from the brows of men.'

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"The fate of the British people is being staked on a last trump card -

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"namely that the poor old-fashioned degenerate British Isles

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"can defy our bombers, submarines and E-boats,

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"because Britain, in spite of all, is an island.

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"The destruction of this illusion is about to be undertaken."

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Raid 4, 8,000ft, 50 aircraft.

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Raid 5, 7,000ft, 40 aircraft.

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Raid 13, 20,000ft, 12 aircraft.

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Raid 16, 10,000ft, 50 aircraft.

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Raid 48, 11,000ft, 100-plus.

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They're coming straight for us.

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Attention, please. Attention, please.

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Attack alarm. Enemy aircraft approaching from the southeast.

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All personnel not servicing aircraft, take cover.

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All personnel not servicing aircraft, take cover.

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-EXPLOSION Come on, children, battle bowlers.

-'Look Out calling.

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-'Enemy planes overhead.'

-Sir.

-Oh.

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EXPLOSION

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227 have only been down ten minutes, sir. Yes, C Field.

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-Hello, Bunny. How did you get on?

-I got an 88 and had a crack at a Dornier.

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See that, Jock? Absolutely head on. I bet that shook 'em.

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Bet it shook you too.

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-Hello, Mark. Have any luck?

-A 110 which went down in flames and blew up.

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Lucky I finished him off for you.

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-You finished him off?! I like that!

-Oh, OK, I'll let you have a half.

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-Well, what's your story?

-A wing came off my Heinkel.

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-Your Heinkel?!

-All right, our Heinkel.

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-Anybody seen the CO?

-He hasn't arrived yet, sir.

-Is anybody else not here?

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I think I saw Red two go down.

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No, it was my Red 3. One in the petrol tank.

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Here's the CO coming in now.

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ENGINE FALTERS

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There's something wrong. He hasn't got his flaps down.

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CRASH

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Are you all right? Are you all right?

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Come on, hurry up.

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ALARM BELL RINGS

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Here, you are hurt, you mutt.

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I'll be all right, sir.

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-You get in there.

-I want an aeroplane, not an ambulance.

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There are hundreds of them.

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One moment, sir. How long have 654 been down?

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-Half an hour, sir.

-654 have only been down half an hour, sir.

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'They'll have to go up again.'

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'Squadron, scramble.

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'Squadron, scramble.'

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-There they go. Usual flap.

-Good luck to them, they'll need it.

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You don't know you're tired until you sit down.

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Here comes the Station Commander. What's up now?

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-Don't get up, please.

-Was the CO hurt, sir?

-He's done something to his ankle.

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-I hear you had a good bag.

-Yes, six, sir.

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-Six? That makes 20 so far.

-Quite a picnic, sir.

-I should think for the Bosch, too.

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-Where's Titch?

-He went into the drink, sir.

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-He can swim, can't he?

-Yes. He showed that at Brighton.

-I missed that little party.

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Spitfires, chaps.

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Can't see one without getting a kick out of it.

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-Glad you like it, old boy.

-Can't help it. It's my line.

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What? I thought you were a ruddy artist.

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-That's exactly what I mean.

-I agree with Rembrandt. It is an artistic job.

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-That's not surprising. It was designed by an artist.

-Do you mean, Mitchell, sir?

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Yes. RJ Mitchell.

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He was a wizard.

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You're right, he was a wizard.

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-He's a marvellous-looking bloke. He lives in Inverness.

-Oh, no, he's in Canada. MI5.

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Absolute tripe! He works at Vickers.

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-But surely Mitchell's dead.

-Anyway, he made the Spit. Invented it in two hours.

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-What?!

-At a golf club. Didn't he, sir?

-No, I'm afraid he didn't.

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It wasn't as easy as that.

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Yes, a whole lot of things had to happen

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before that miracle came to life.

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'It all started quite a long time ago.

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'It must have been...1922.

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'Yes, it was 1922.'

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Do you want the last sandwich?

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-No, thanks.

-Why not?

-You put ants in them.

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Oh...

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What have you been up to?

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Thinking.

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-Great thoughts?

-Oh, terrific!

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-Such as?

-Birds fly a lot better than we do.

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-You don't say(!)

-I do. But they've been at it millions of years.

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We've got to learn from them to fly properly.

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Faster. Always faster.

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The world gets smaller and places closer,

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and people halfway across the earth not strangers but neighbours.

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Not strangers, but neighbours.

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I like that.

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Here, you take a look at them.

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See how they wheel and bank and glide.

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Perfect.

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And all in one - wings, body, tail - all in one.

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We build things all stuck together with strings and struts and wires.

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But you wait...

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Someday I'm going to build a plane that'll be just like a bird.

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Why, it is like a bird!

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What a strange-looking machine. What's this?

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"Supermarine Aviation... the pleasure of the company

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"of Mr and Mrs RJ Mitchell for lunch."

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Darling, you didn't tell me.

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WHISTLES NONCHALANTLY

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You didn't want to go, did you?

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Well?

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There was some talk about my having to make a speech.

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You silly darling.

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I hate speeches, don't you?

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-ALL:

-Speech! Speech!

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Now you've asked for it, you've only yourselves to blame.

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If this astonishing seaplane that you chaps have built

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manages to stay in the air,

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it will today have the honour of representing Britain

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in the Schneider Trophy contest of 1922.

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APPLAUSE

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A contest which is the greatest

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international sporting event in the world.

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-ALL:

-Hear! Hear!

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Last year, the race was won by our Italian friends.

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APPLAUSE

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If they win it a third time, it will be theirs for keeps,

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and that we don't intend to allow.

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Garibaldi shall not take the biscuit!

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LAUGHTER

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And now let's drink to the chaps

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who are representing Supermarine in Naples today.

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ALL TOAST

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Darling, do hurry. We'll be late for the announcement of the race.

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I wonder if they would let me build my plane.

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Why not ask them? Today.

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I will. If we win today, I will.

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I must!

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HONKS HORN

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I can now put you all out of your misery.

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Ladies and gentlemen,

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our plane has won the Schneider Trophy race in record time.

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WILD CHEERING

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Darling, does that mean we've won?

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That's what it means, yes. Come on.

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Go and talk to Commander Bride.

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-What now?

-Mm. While he's in the mood.

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-After all, we've won the race.

-Yes.

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It's wonderful! Anything might happen. It's your chance.

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Why not?

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-(Why not?)

-Yes, why not?

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-Good luck.

-Three cheers for Commander Bride!

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-ALL:

-Hooray!

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-Hooray!

-Well done, Mr Mitchell.

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You missed all the fun, sir.

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-Congratulations, Mr Mitchell.

-Thank you.

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-Congratulations, Mitchell.

-We looked for you everywhere.

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I've been busy, Mr Higgins.

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Well, we've done it.

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-Yes. What was the speed?

-145mph.

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-It opens up big possibilities.

-Yes, I was hoping that...

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Good luck, gentlemen!

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We want to talk to you about it.

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-Good. I was hoping...

-We're impressed with your work.

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-I'm so glad...

-You have a flair for design.

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As a matter of fact, I'd like to show you...

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But you lack experience.

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We can easily get over that.

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-Now for next year, gentlemen.

-We're putting you in the assembly shop.

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-The assembly shop?!

-That's the place to get experience.

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Mac, why aren't these boys drinking?

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-There are drinks for everybody.

-Mr Higgins, I've been in the...

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Come on, Mitchell, have a drink.

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Well?

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The assembly shop for a couple of years.

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Oh.

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How about having a drink with the boys?

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Yes, let's.

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'And that, for the moment,

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'was the end of Mitchell's strange ideas.'

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'Another year went by and Mitchell was back at the drawing board.

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'Still designing the same old flying boats,

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'still dreaming of the future.

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'It was about this time

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'that a rather disturbing influence entered Mitchell's life.'

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Mr Mitchell?

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I beg your pardon?

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-Mr Mitchell?

-Have you an appointment?

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-No.

-Then I'm afraid you can't see him.

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BEGINS TYPING

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Marvellous, the way you handle that thing. Never a wrong note.

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I have one myself, only I play by ear.

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-PING

-Shop!

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I can't have you sitting round chattering. I'm busy.

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You must write to see Mr Mitchell. Good morning.

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-Now, look here...

-Can you do something for me?

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Just whisper one word in Mitch's ear.

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"Crisp".

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-Crisp?

-Just "crisp". Then watch his face. It'll surprise him.

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Excuse me, Mr Mitchell.

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Does the word "crisp" mean anything to you?

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Crisp.

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WHISTLES NONCHALANTLY

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-Well?

-No reaction.

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-None at all?

-None at all.

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I suppose I'd better push off.

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Good morning.

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At last! Got it! Two copies, please.

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Who are you?

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Well, as a matter of fact, I...

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-Is there anything I can do for you?

-I want a job.

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-What kind of a job?

-Anything. I'll do anything.

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Haven't I seen you somewhere before?

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-Crisp.

-Not Crisp?!

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Good heavens, you're Crisp!

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Have you been waiting to see me?

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Why didn't you tell me?

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Come on in, Crisp, old man.

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(Crisp.)

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This is my friend Mr Crisp. Mr Jordan, Mr Reynolds.

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-We were at school together. You look different.

-You don't.

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-Are you designing aeroplanes?

-Trying to. What have you been doing?

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Lots of things. Do a bit of flying.

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-Have a cigarette.

-No, thank you.

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Flying in the war, I suppose?

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-Yes. I just got in the tail end.

-Did you?

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Lucky man they didn't bump you off.

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They did their best. It was good fun.

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I'm glad you liked it.

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But then they had no use for us, so it all broke up.

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-Axed, eh?

-That sounded better than the sack.

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I got a job as test pilot, until there weren't any planes to test,

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then I tested bicycles.

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-After that I travelled in soap.

-Soap.

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You'd be surprised how many people who don't use it. I was.

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Then I tried garages, but I was one of thousands.

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Used to meet some of my old flying boys after the same jobs.

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Mm, I know. Not very nice.

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No. Well, I...I'm still trying.

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I hope you don't mind.

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Mind? Good heavens, no.

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-Test pilot, eh?

-Then I came breezing in here, feeling pretty cheap,

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and that female snapdragon tried to bite me.

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-Tried to bite you?!

-She took a snap, then she rang a bell.

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-No?

-Did.

-Really, Miss Harper, I'm surprised.

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Thank you.

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Mrs Mitchell rang to ask if you'd be working late or going home.

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Home, and bringing someone. You.

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-Me?

-Yes, you're coming to dinner.

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Oh, Mitch, that's grand!

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-Oh, there's one thing...

-Mm-hmm?

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-I'm supposed to be taking out a girl.

-Fine, bring her along too.

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-Bring her along?

-Yes, we'd be delighted to see her. Delighted.

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As I always say, a smile a day keeps the doctor away.

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So when Geoffrey smiled at me, what was I to do?

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Mind you, I don't usually smile back,

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but Geoffrey's different.

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-Oh, I'm not, I...

-He's got such a nice, clean face.

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-I haven't really, you know...

-Oh, yes, you have.

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-Don't talk so much.

-COUGHS

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Well, would anyone like a drink?

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-Oh, that's a good idea.

-DOG YAPS

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-What do you call your little dogs?

-He's Napoleon and she's Josephine.

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Lovely. CLICKS FINGERS

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Excuse me.

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Now, come on, Mitch. I can't wait to hear about your seaplane.

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And I can't wait to tell you about it.

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I believe I've discovered the secret of real flying.

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The secret of the birds.

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Oh, I'm not the first to believe that, but I'm certain I've got it.

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Yes, go on.

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What I've conceived is something entirely different.

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Something without struts and wires at all,

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because the wings are part of the essential structure.

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One single complete span.

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See what I mean?

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Look here.

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This is what we have today.

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Latest 1924 design.

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Now, here's what I'm after.

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The wings...

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The body...

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And that's all.

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Except the legs, with wheels or floats as the case may be.

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You see, all in one piece.

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-I thought I knew about aeroplanes, but...

-What?

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It's revolutionary, all right.

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The problem with a racing plane is space.

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You've got to build it around the man.

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I got the man in but I didn't know where I was going to put the petrol.

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Where will you put it?

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-In the floats.

-In the floats?

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-The engine's fed by a force feed.

-You can't do that?

-Why not?

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-Who ever heard of doing that?

-No-one. But they're going to.

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I'll get rid of the front radiator. A new cooling system.

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I'll take it under the underside of the wings.

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So the rush of air cools it.

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If it's that simple, why hasn't somebody else thought of it?

0:24:120:24:15

Somebody has.

0:24:150:24:17

Me.

0:24:170:24:19

Oh, well, I don't suppose anything will come of it.

0:24:190:24:22

If it did, I doubt anybody would want to fly it.

0:24:220:24:25

-I would.

-Would you?

0:24:250:24:27

-Try anything once.

-Would you really? It's a bargain.

0:24:270:24:31

If it flies, you fly in it. There's you.

0:24:310:24:34

Makes you think, doesn't it?

0:24:350:24:37

Mustn't think too much.

0:24:370:24:39

As my husband always says, "He who flies and flies away lives to fly another day."

0:24:390:24:44

-Who said that?

-My husband.

0:24:440:24:47

-Didn't you know I was married?

-No. Congratulations.

0:24:470:24:51

Thank you. Oh, drinks.

0:24:510:24:55

Commander Bride's just phoned.

0:24:550:24:57

There's a board meeting tomorrow at 10:30. He wants you to be there.

0:24:570:25:01

-He wants me to be there? Does that mean another Schneider entry?

-It might.

0:25:010:25:05

They probably want to see my drawings. I believe it is.

0:25:050:25:08

-I bet it is.

-I bet it is, too.

0:25:080:25:11

-If it's built, you fly it.

-That's a date.

0:25:110:25:14

-A job at last.

-Come here.

0:25:140:25:17

Take a look at these.

0:25:170:25:19

It's terrific.

0:25:250:25:27

Mitch, this is the future.

0:25:270:25:30

That's no good!

0:25:300:25:32

That isn't what we want.

0:25:330:25:35

What we're asking for is an aeroplane. Like this.

0:25:350:25:40

There's a tried and proved design,

0:25:400:25:43

even though it lost last year.

0:25:430:25:45

But this thing...

0:25:450:25:47

this...

0:25:470:25:49

it looks just like a damn bird with boots on!

0:25:490:25:52

Birds are rather good at flying.

0:25:530:25:56

It's not your job to make them.

0:25:560:25:58

You'll come an almighty cropper if you try

0:25:580:26:01

and you won't be the only one either.

0:26:010:26:03

It's great to know you've got a job.

0:26:040:26:07

They'll be crazy about that plane.

0:26:070:26:10

You see, it's too revolutionary,

0:26:100:26:12

besides the cost of the thing.

0:26:120:26:14

We shall want new machinery.

0:26:140:26:16

We're being asked to risk our last penny and more.

0:26:160:26:20

Flying in the face of providence.

0:26:200:26:22

I quite agree.

0:26:220:26:24

You mustn't feel that we don't recognise your ability.

0:26:240:26:29

Extraordinary ability. I'd put it even higher.

0:26:290:26:32

I'd say...genius if it wouldn't make us feel uncomfortable.

0:26:320:26:36

No Englishman likes to be called that.

0:26:360:26:38

Dreadful word, isn't it?

0:26:380:26:40

We do know something of our job.

0:26:420:26:45

We want a plane like the Sea Lion, only better,

0:26:450:26:48

and you can give it to us.

0:26:480:26:50

-I can give you a plane to win.

-Ah, now you're talking.

0:26:500:26:52

But it must be my own.

0:26:520:26:54

You mean if you can't have it your way, you won't do it all?

0:26:540:26:58

I can give you a plane to win.

0:26:580:27:00

If you haven't the faith to let me do what I believe I can,

0:27:000:27:04

I won't undertake what I know I can't.

0:27:040:27:06

That's a bit hasty. Coming to such a decision in two minutes.

0:27:060:27:09

Two minutes? Two years hard work.

0:27:090:27:12

Quite. And now you're disappointed at not getting your own way.

0:27:120:27:17

It's not a question of that.

0:27:170:27:19

It's the way I've gone for two years,

0:27:190:27:22

and now it is my way, inevitably.

0:27:220:27:24

It's a question of whether you come with me.

0:27:240:27:26

That's high-handed, I must say.

0:27:260:27:28

After all, there are other aircraft designers.

0:27:280:27:31

I quite appreciate that.

0:27:310:27:33

Of course, it can be remedied.

0:27:330:27:35

-You mean you'll resign?

-That's what I mean, yes.

0:27:350:27:38

-Well, in that case...

-In that case, there's nothing more to be said.

0:27:380:27:43

Excuse me. Thank you.

0:27:430:27:45

My I trouble you, Mr Sinclair?

0:27:450:27:47

That job didn't last very long, did it?

0:28:040:28:07

Well, gentlemen, as managing director, I must congratulate you,

0:28:090:28:13

on having lost us the best designer in the country.

0:28:130:28:17

-Hello, Mitch.

-Oh, hello, Geoff. Well, what a nice surprise.

0:28:200:28:24

Hello, darling.

0:28:240:28:27

Sorry I'm late. Got held up in town.

0:28:270:28:30

-Ah, tea.

-Is it hot in London?

-Oh, it's awful.

0:28:300:28:35

Thanks.

0:28:350:28:37

Any luck?

0:28:390:28:41

-No, I'm afraid not.

-Not even Brown?

0:28:410:28:44

No. Nor Wilcox, nor any of the bigger people.

0:28:440:28:47

Oh, they are a lot of halfwits!

0:28:470:28:50

Let's forget about them, for tonight anyway.

0:28:510:28:54

-Do you eat Irish stew?

-I'll eat anything.

-Just as well.

0:28:540:28:58

Any news from Wimbledon?

0:29:030:29:05

I haven't seen a paper. I believe Bill Tilden's cleaning up as usual.

0:29:050:29:10

Gosh, it's a nice place you've got here.

0:29:120:29:15

Yes. It could have been.

0:29:150:29:17

Oh, cheer up, Mitch. You did the right thing.

0:29:180:29:22

If you don't mind, I'll string along with you just the same.

0:29:220:29:26

We can lick the whole world.

0:29:260:29:28

You're the brains, I'm the hands.

0:29:280:29:30

You're taking an awful gamble, Geoff.

0:29:300:29:33

I can't even keep my own job.

0:29:330:29:35

Don't worry about me, I'm used to it.

0:29:350:29:38

It's harder for you, though, and for Diana.

0:29:380:29:41

Yes.

0:29:410:29:43

-I think I ought to talk to her.

-Yes.

-You stay here.

0:29:430:29:46

Hello, old boy.

0:29:530:29:55

CHILD GURGLES

0:29:550:29:56

I say, Geoff, Geoff.

0:29:560:29:58

-He said something extraordinary.

-Did he?

0:29:580:30:02

-Do you understand their language?

-Yes, it's easy.

0:30:020:30:05

Listen, listen...

0:30:050:30:07

Would you say it again, please?

0:30:070:30:09

Does he want food?

0:30:110:30:13

No, he asked you to change his trousers.

0:30:130:30:15

Oh, yes. Come here, old boy.

0:30:150:30:18

That's right. There we are.

0:30:180:30:21

Hang on to him. I must go and see Diana.

0:30:210:30:24

-Can I help?

-Yes, you can chop the parsley.

0:30:570:31:01

Good.

0:31:010:31:03

-Did you show them your drawings?

-Mm-hm.

0:31:040:31:08

Did they look at them?

0:31:080:31:10

Just. They winced. It seemed to hurt them.

0:31:100:31:14

Then they got rid of me as quickly as possible.

0:31:140:31:17

Don't be impatient, darling. Someone will look at them.

0:31:170:31:22

There's no-one else to show them to, I'm afraid.

0:31:220:31:25

What's burning?

0:31:250:31:27

Gosh, it's the stew.

0:31:270:31:29

You know, Diana, I was a very fine fellow at that board meeting.

0:31:310:31:35

You'd have been proud of me.

0:31:350:31:37

"My dear sir, it's a question of whether you're coming with me.

0:31:400:31:45

"I can give you a plane to win, but it must be my own."

0:31:450:31:49

It doesn't sound so good a week after.

0:31:490:31:52

I'm still glad you said it anyway.

0:31:520:31:54

Are you? I'm afraid we're now in the same boat as Geoff Crisp.

0:31:540:32:01

Among the great unemployed.

0:32:010:32:03

You're supposed to be employed on that parsley.

0:32:030:32:06

It's not very lucrative.

0:32:060:32:09

How about the rent, and you, and the baby?

0:32:090:32:12

Oh, he's all right.

0:32:120:32:14

Oh, he's all right. Grows two inches a week.

0:32:140:32:17

You'll get another job, even if it isn't with aeroplanes.

0:32:170:32:21

Yes...

0:32:230:32:25

Yes, I think I'll ring up Bride

0:32:250:32:27

and ask him if they'll take me back.

0:32:270:32:30

Not because of me or the boy!

0:32:310:32:35

We can hold out for years.

0:32:350:32:37

It's nothing to do with you at all, really.

0:32:370:32:41

When I think of getting another job not to do with aeroplanes...

0:32:410:32:45

I feel as if I were giving up something I was meant to do,

0:32:450:32:49

if that means anything.

0:32:490:32:51

But I do feel it very strongly.

0:32:510:32:54

Almost as if I... were doing something wrong.

0:32:540:32:57

That's a silly thing to say.

0:33:000:33:02

I wouldn't say it to anybody but you.

0:33:030:33:05

Oh.

0:33:160:33:17

Commandant something-or-other wants to talk to you on the phone.

0:33:170:33:22

Do you mean Commander Bride?

0:33:220:33:24

Well, I wouldn't know.

0:33:240:33:26

With my rheumatism, I can't hear like I used to.

0:33:260:33:30

Hello. Commander Bride?

0:33:360:33:38

Yes, Mitchell speaking.

0:33:400:33:42

Yes. As a matter of fact, I'd rather like...

0:33:420:33:44

-(Don't you dare!)

-(I haven't said anything.)

0:33:440:33:48

Hm? I didn't hear anything.

0:33:480:33:51

Yes. When?

0:33:530:33:55

Yes, I think I can manage it.

0:33:570:33:59

Yes. Righto.

0:34:010:34:03

Good night. G-Goodbye.

0:34:030:34:05

-He'll be here tomorrow morning.

-I still say it won't fly.

0:34:050:34:08

I think it's sheer madness.

0:34:080:34:10

-I agree. I agree entirely.

-It'll do us good to go mad once in a while.

0:34:100:34:14

We're going to build this aeroplane.

0:34:140:34:17

'What a commercial proposition.

0:34:350:34:38

'You've only got to look at the thing.

0:34:390:34:43

'I still say it won't fly.'

0:34:430:34:45

'Look out, America, here we come!'

0:35:030:35:06

'We will now see how the American team will fare

0:35:110:35:14

'in this contest between Britain, Italy and America.

0:35:140:35:18

'Lieutenant Doolittle of the US Army is rounding the corner.

0:35:180:35:23

'You can just see him now.

0:35:230:35:25

'He's coming towards us.

0:35:250:35:27

'He's in a Curtis biplane with a 600hp engine.

0:35:270:35:30

'The Schneider Trophy now rests with the United States.

0:35:300:35:37

'America leads the world in developing aircraft.'

0:35:370:35:41

CHEERING

0:35:410:35:43

What a contest, folks, what a contest.

0:35:430:35:46

Jimmy Doolittle is flying at an incredible speed.

0:35:460:35:50

Oh, boy! Jimmy Doolittle and his Curtis biplane

0:35:500:35:53

has completed the lap at 210mph.

0:35:530:35:56

Say, that's gonna take some beating.

0:35:560:35:58

You're telling me!

0:35:580:36:00

'The next to take off is the English Supermarine monoplane,'

0:36:000:36:06

700hp, flown my Mr Geoffrey Crisp.

0:36:060:36:10

'This is the most controversial machine in the history of aviation.'

0:36:100:36:15

Here she comes. Taxiing out to the starting point.

0:36:150:36:19

'Ladies and gentlemen of the radio audience,

0:36:200:36:23

'this English entry is revolutionary.

0:36:230:36:26

'Looks like she was built in one piece.'

0:36:260:36:29

There she goes. She's up!

0:36:290:36:32

'And she's away!

0:36:320:36:34

'Skimming along with her throttle wide open.

0:36:340:36:37

'She's climbing now, slowly but surely.

0:36:370:36:41

'She looks good but can she take it?

0:36:410:36:43

'That was a beautiful takeoff.

0:36:430:36:46

'The monoplane is in the air now, coming this way.

0:36:460:36:49

'She's unlike any airplane we've ever seen.

0:36:490:36:52

'It's an unusual machine but he knows how to handle her.

0:36:520:36:56

'She's sure moving right along.'

0:36:560:36:59

She's flying as if she's meant for the sky and things like her had been in the air for centuries.

0:37:140:37:19

She's flying beautifully. Can you see here over there?

0:37:190:37:23

She is making a spectacular appearance.

0:37:230:37:25

Something's wrong. He's in trouble.

0:37:330:37:35

He's fluttering! Pick it up, fella!

0:37:350:37:38

Geoff!

0:37:400:37:41

It wasn't the plane's fault, Mitch.

0:38:120:38:14

It was me. Something happened at the turn, everything went black.

0:38:140:38:19

Don't worry about that, Geoff.

0:38:190:38:22

They'll build it again, won't they?

0:38:240:38:27

Of course they will. Don't even think about it.

0:38:270:38:30

I'm sorry, Mr Mitchell, but your time's up.

0:38:330:38:37

Right. Well, cheerio, Geoff.

0:38:370:38:39

-I'll be seeing you.

-So long, Mitch.

0:38:400:38:43

Who are you?

0:38:440:38:46

-I've taken over from Sister Ginsberg.

-What's your name, Sister?

0:38:460:38:50

-Nurse Kennedy.

-Telephone number?

0:38:510:38:54

Under the tongue, please.

0:38:540:38:56

I must ask you to go now, Mr Mitchell.

0:38:590:39:01

Yes. Cheerio, old boy.

0:39:010:39:03

-I'm being thrown out.

-We must try and keep him quiet.

0:39:060:39:10

Yes, that's going to be quite a problem, isn't it?

0:39:100:39:13

You're telling me!

0:39:130:39:16

Take good care of him, he's rather valuable.

0:39:160:39:18

Don't worry, Mitch.

0:39:180:39:20

Something tells me I'll recover quickly.

0:39:200:39:23

'It looked as though Mitchell's revolutionary career

0:39:230:39:27

'had crashed with his curious machine, but it hadn't.'

0:39:270:39:31

'His weird ideas were catching on.

0:39:310:39:34

'He was given one more chance.

0:39:340:39:36

'In 1927, a British team was sent to Venice.

0:39:360:39:39

'The Royal Air Force took a hand in it.

0:39:390:39:42

'The High Speed Flight was formed.

0:39:420:39:45

'That was how I got back into this racket.'

0:39:450:39:48

In the name of our great Duce,

0:39:480:39:50

I bid you welcome to this inspiring city of Venice.

0:39:500:39:53

Silenzio, everybody!

0:39:550:39:57

Here is a telegram for the Duce. It is in English in your honour.

0:39:570:40:01

-Thank you.

-"Welcome to our English friends."

0:40:010:40:04

-ITALIANS:

-Bravo! Bravo!

0:40:040:40:06

"The sky of Venice will see the epic duel."

0:40:070:40:10

-ITALIANS:

-Bene! Molto bene!

0:40:100:40:12

"The victory of the Italian pilots

0:40:130:40:16

"will see the dawn of the new Fascist empire. Mussolini."

0:40:160:40:21

APPLAUSE

0:40:210:40:24

We have a saying in Italy -

0:40:240:40:26

Il Duce ha sempre ragione. The Duce is always right.

0:40:260:40:29

When he's so confident, that means we cannot lose.

0:40:290:40:33

Welcome.

0:40:330:40:35

-We'll have to try and do something about that.

-What?

0:40:350:40:38

-I'll show you my telegram sometime.

-Oh, later on. We are going to have a wonderful luncheon!

0:40:380:40:44

CHEERFUL HUBBUB

0:40:440:40:46

-What's happened to Geoff?

-He was here a moment ago.

0:40:510:40:54

Excuse me. Are you any relation to the Mona Lisa?

0:40:540:40:59

-No parlez Anglais.

-Thank you so much.

0:40:590:41:02

-Some flowers.

-Grazie.

-Dinner tonight? Dinner?

0:41:020:41:06

-Please?

-We'll have a gondola and a moon.

0:41:060:41:09

-Geoff?

-A wonderful moon.

0:41:090:41:12

-Geoff!

-Can't you see...? What do you want?

0:41:120:41:15

The race is on the 14th.

0:41:150:41:17

Look, I've given up smoking and drinking.

0:41:170:41:20

The race is on the 14th and we've got to win it.

0:41:200:41:23

All right. Maybe you're right.

0:41:230:41:25

Oh, there you are.

0:41:250:41:27

After the race?

0:41:270:41:29

-Please?

-Yes, please.

0:41:290:41:31

-Geoff!

-Go away. It's nearly in the bag.

0:41:310:41:35

Whoa! Oh!

0:41:350:41:37

Hope the weather doesn't change.

0:41:480:41:50

It won't.

0:41:500:41:52

Don't worry, darling.

0:41:540:41:56

-I'm not worrying.

-You're very nervous.

0:41:560:41:59

Don't be silly. I'm not a bit nervous.

0:41:590:42:02

Come here.

0:42:020:42:04

When are we going to see the Palace of the Doges?

0:42:040:42:08

I'm so sorry about that.

0:42:080:42:10

After the race. After tomorrow.

0:42:100:42:13

-Everything hangs on that, doesn't it?

-Everything.

0:42:130:42:18

Oh, it'll be all right. You go to sleep.

0:42:180:42:22

You come to sleep.

0:42:220:42:24

PHONE RINGS

0:42:250:42:27

Hello.

0:42:290:42:31

Yes. Yes, Mac?

0:42:310:42:33

A what?

0:42:340:42:36

White metal?

0:42:360:42:38

Where, in the filter?

0:42:380:42:40

Oh, good heavens.

0:42:400:42:42

All right. I'll be right over.

0:42:440:42:47

Yes, at once.

0:42:470:42:51

But, darling, it's after midnight!

0:42:480:42:51

I daren't leave it. I simply daren't.

0:42:510:42:54

God bless.

0:42:590:43:01

Two more minutes and the motor would have been wrecked.

0:43:030:43:07

-What do we do?

-We're not allowed a new engine.

0:43:070:43:10

We'll have to fit a new piston and cylinder block.

0:43:100:43:14

-What, a complete new block?

-Yes.

0:43:140:43:16

It's impossible.

0:43:160:43:17

We're going to stay in this race. How long have we got?

0:43:170:43:20

Seven hours.

0:43:200:43:22

Think we can make it, Bob?

0:43:220:43:24

-Well, we can but try.

-Come on, then, let's try.

-Right.

0:43:240:43:27

Mitch. Cup of tea. Come and wet your whistle.

0:43:360:43:40

Ah, that's a blessing.

0:43:400:43:42

Well, I think we're all right now.

0:43:420:43:43

-Yeah, I think so.

-Cheerio, Mac.

0:43:430:43:46

Morning.

0:43:460:43:48

Ah, good morning. Your pilots here yet?

0:43:480:43:51

They're just coming. How's the old crate?

0:43:510:43:53

Fine. A bit of trouble,

0:43:530:43:55

but nothing to worry about.

0:43:550:43:57

-The weather seems all right.

-Glorious. Perfect breeze.

0:43:570:44:01

What's the order of flying?

0:44:010:44:03

Let's see. First is Poprendini...

0:44:030:44:05

Williamson,

0:44:050:44:07

Capelli, Smythe-Robinson, Supermarine,

0:44:070:44:11

Molinari, Delsati, and finally Crisp in the S5.

0:44:110:44:14

I'm glad Crisp comes after Delsati.

0:44:140:44:17

-We'll be able to see what's happening.

-Morning, sir. Morning, Mitch.

0:44:170:44:21

Hello. Have a good night?

0:44:210:44:22

-On the quiet side, but I feel all right.

-Good.

0:44:220:44:24

Geoff, one last warning.

0:44:240:44:26

-I want you to keep the running-up speed to a minimum.

-Right.

0:44:260:44:30

Keep the water down to 95 against local boiling.

0:44:300:44:34

Don't exceed the permissible revs or you'll have trouble.

0:44:340:44:38

That's about all.

0:44:380:44:39

-Well, I think I'm all set.

-Let's whistle up the Italians.

0:44:390:44:42

Mitch, just between ourselves,

0:44:420:44:45

what do you really expect me to get out of her?

0:44:450:44:48

Well, between ourselves...285.

0:44:480:44:51

285?! Look, this is 1927 not 1977!

0:44:510:44:55

Let's make it 284.

0:44:550:44:57

All right, settle for 284.

0:44:570:44:59

CHEERING

0:45:030:45:05

PLANE OVERHEAD

0:45:100:45:12

Ecco il nuovo percorso!

0:45:180:45:23

It's a funny race, nobody seems able to complete the course.

0:45:280:45:32

Molinari will win. Here he comes.

0:45:320:45:36

Hold it.

0:46:020:46:04

-Take it easy.

-All right.

0:46:070:46:09

-All right forward?

-OK, Bob.

0:46:120:46:14

All right, lads.

0:46:140:46:17

This is Delsati. He's magnificent!

0:46:430:46:47

There goes Delsati!

0:46:470:46:49

You're next. Geoff...

0:46:510:46:53

take it easy round that first turn.

0:46:530:46:55

You've got a minute and a half.

0:46:560:46:59

Let her go, boys.

0:46:590:47:01

Good luck, Geoff, good luck.

0:47:040:47:06

Start her up!

0:47:060:47:08

He's off!

0:47:400:47:42

Are we going to win, darling?

0:47:460:47:48

We must. Absolutely must.

0:47:480:47:51

Here comes Delsati!

0:47:510:47:53

I make it over 260.

0:47:550:47:57

CHEERING

0:49:410:49:43

Come on, come on!

0:49:550:49:57

GROANS

0:50:130:50:15

CHEERING

0:50:150:50:17

Darling, we've won!

0:50:190:50:21

I cannot understand it. The Duce said we win.

0:50:260:50:29

It must be the beginning of the end.

0:50:290:50:32

Here he comes!

0:50:330:50:35

Well done, Crisp! Well done!

0:50:530:50:55

-What happened?

-You've won the match.

-No! Hooray!

0:50:550:50:58

-What speed?

-281.5

0:50:580:51:01

I promised Mitch I'd do 284. Sorry, Mitch.

0:51:010:51:04

WILD CHEERING

0:51:160:51:18

Silenzio! Silenzio, everybody.

0:51:260:51:28

There is a telegram from the Duce.

0:51:280:51:31

"Convey my sincere congratulations to everybody.

0:51:330:51:37

"The victory of the British pilots

0:51:370:51:39

"was only possible in our glorious Italian sky. Mussolini."

0:51:390:51:43

-So that was why.

-Did I tell you the Duce's always right?

0:51:430:51:47

Il Duce ha sempre ragione!

0:51:470:51:49

CHEERING

0:51:490:51:51

Silenzio! We shall be photographed together.

0:51:520:51:56

Signori fotografi, avanti.

0:51:560:51:58

Attenti, tutti.

0:52:010:52:03

Ancora una.

0:52:050:52:07

'So we all went home feeling pretty good

0:52:090:52:12

'and believing that man couldn't fly any faster. 281mph!

0:52:120:52:17

'But Mitchell wasn't satisfied.

0:52:170:52:20

'And soon after, he was all out trying to beat his own record.

0:52:200:52:24

'The plane was hotted up, everything seemed perfect,

0:52:240:52:28

'except perhaps the weather,

0:52:280:52:30

'but Kinkead didn't mind about that.

0:52:300:52:33

'Poor old Kinkead.

0:52:330:52:35

'I expect you've heard about Kinkead.'

0:52:350:52:37

Poor old Kinkead.

0:52:400:52:42

How dare I go on with it?

0:52:420:52:44

Calling it a life's work, and all it does is destroy life.

0:52:440:52:48

Now, shut up. Don't talk like that.

0:52:480:52:51

I'm no prophet, but I know you hold a tremendous future in your hands.

0:52:510:52:57

Something for England, the whole world maybe,

0:52:570:53:00

and you can't stop, whatever the cost.

0:53:000:53:03

Nobody's going to stop us flying.

0:53:030:53:05

We're going to go on, faster and faster,

0:53:050:53:08

and we want you, we need you with us.

0:53:080:53:11

We haven't reached the limit and you know it.

0:53:110:53:13

Yes, I know it. The sky's the limit.

0:53:130:53:16

Can you get any more out of the S5?

0:53:160:53:18

No, that plane's finished.

0:53:180:53:20

We forced it beyond its limit.

0:53:200:53:22

I'll need a new design and a new engine.

0:53:220:53:24

That's more like it.

0:53:240:53:26

That's going to need money. Where's it coming from?

0:53:260:53:29

I've got an idea which will cost us half a million pounds.

0:53:290:53:33

We've got to look into the future of aviation.

0:53:330:53:37

Where it'll be ten years from now. 20 years from now.

0:53:370:53:40

Who's going to tell us that?

0:53:400:53:42

There is a man. One man.

0:53:420:53:44

-In England?

-Yes. A fellow called Mitchell.

0:53:440:53:47

Mitchell? We can't get him. He belongs to Supermarine.

0:53:470:53:50

Ah, but we could buy Supermarine.

0:53:500:53:52

Buy them? It would cost us...

0:53:520:53:54

Half a million pounds, and it would be worth it for that one man.

0:53:540:53:58

Oh, hello, Mitchell. This is Ian McLaren of Vickers Aviation.

0:54:040:54:07

How do you do?

0:54:070:54:10

We wanted to tell you that Vickers are taking over the firm.

0:54:100:54:14

Taking it over? Why?

0:54:150:54:18

Why?

0:54:180:54:20

My dear fellow, they're a progressive concern.

0:54:200:54:23

And I think I may say that our seaplanes...

0:54:230:54:26

Are the best.

0:54:260:54:28

I might add that that is not our only reason.

0:54:280:54:31

Our main interest in aviation is in its future

0:54:310:54:35

-and we understand that yours is too.

-Yes?

0:54:350:54:38

We're in the position of being able to offer you

0:54:380:54:41

practically unlimited facilities,

0:54:410:54:44

and you're the man that can make good use of them.

0:54:440:54:47

I should like to have a long session with you some time.

0:54:470:54:51

I am designing a new machine and I want a new engine.

0:54:510:54:55

One with certain requirements.

0:54:550:54:56

Half a second, Mitch. You can't talk like that.

0:54:560:55:00

You can't say to Vickers,

0:55:000:55:02

"Here's my design and I want this engine."

0:55:020:55:04

Isn't that why they're buying us?

0:55:040:55:07

It's rather the other way about.

0:55:070:55:09

You find out what sort of engines Ian proposes to give you

0:55:090:55:13

and modify your design accordingly.

0:55:130:55:16

But it can't be done like that.

0:55:160:55:18

-It must be done like that.

-Why?

0:55:180:55:21

Why? Because...

0:55:210:55:23

Because it's always been done like that.

0:55:230:55:26

It won't be in the future. Don't you agree?

0:55:260:55:29

As a matter of fact, I do.

0:55:290:55:31

but I must ask you to believe that we're not exactly beginners.

0:55:310:55:35

Hm. I'll grant you that.

0:55:350:55:37

I'm very glad we understand one another.

0:55:370:55:40

So am I.

0:55:400:55:42

Well, excuse me.

0:55:420:55:44

I was in the middle of a job.

0:55:450:55:47

-Goodbye.

-Goodbye.

0:55:470:55:50

-CHUCKLES

-I thought you said Mr Mitchell was shy.

0:55:540:55:58

Some people would call him pig-headed.

0:55:580:56:01

I like him. He knows what he wants and I'll see he gets it.

0:56:010:56:05

'Mitchell got a new lease of life with a vengeance.

0:56:060:56:10

'The Supermarine S6 was so far ahead of its time,

0:56:100:56:13

'that it swept all before it.

0:56:130:56:15

'At a speed of 328mph, we again won the Schneider Trophy.'

0:56:150:56:20

-I wonder if it'll ever be ours.

-Course it will.

0:56:310:56:33

Congratulations, Mr Mitchell.

0:56:330:56:35

Why do they call it the Schneider Cup?

0:56:350:56:37

I haven't the vaguest.

0:56:370:56:40

328mph. Not too bad, eh?

0:56:400:56:43

Isn't it beautiful? Wasn't it a wonderful race?

0:56:430:56:46

One more win and it's ours.

0:56:460:56:47

Hello, what's that?

0:56:470:56:49

What's going on?

0:56:490:56:50

Let's go and have a look.

0:56:500:56:52

Well, well, well. Have you found her?

0:56:550:56:58

I don't know who it's going to be yet.

0:56:580:57:00

Good luck.

0:57:000:57:02

"Down with the government.

0:57:060:57:08

"Wake up, England."

0:57:100:57:12

I wonder what it means?

0:57:120:57:13

What it says.

0:57:130:57:15

But it's coming from a yacht.

0:57:150:57:17

A very unusual yacht. Lady Houston's.

0:57:170:57:20

-Ah, there she is now.

-Who?

0:57:200:57:22

Lady Houston herself.

0:57:220:57:24

Good evening.

0:57:250:57:26

Good evening, Lady Houston.

0:57:260:57:28

-Squadron Leader, congratulations.

-Why, thank you.

0:57:350:57:38

I say what a crowd. What are they staring at?

0:57:380:57:41

It's that sign on your yacht, Lady Houston.

0:57:410:57:44

Doesn't seem popular, does it?

0:57:440:57:46

I don't mind it, but some people think it's rather offensive.

0:57:460:57:50

I meant it to be offensive. That's why I put it up.

0:57:500:57:54

You may laugh. I don't love the government but I do love my country.

0:57:540:57:58

That's more than I can say about some people.

0:57:580:58:02

Geoff, darling, how are you?

0:58:040:58:06

How are you?

0:58:060:58:08

Who are you?

0:58:080:58:10

Don't go away, I'll be right back.

0:58:130:58:16

Your drink, Miss Harper.

0:58:340:58:35

Oh, thank you so much.

0:58:350:58:37

Take care how many you drink. You might lose your nerve.

0:58:370:58:41

My dear Admiral, this is no place for me.

0:58:490:58:51

I'm going back to my yacht. I don't need any escort.

0:58:510:58:55

Hello. I've seen you before somewhere.

0:59:010:59:04

I wonder where that could have been.

0:59:040:59:07

-There it goes again, Aunt Kim.

-She's a scream. Painfully patriotic.

0:59:070:59:11

They say she sleeps covered with a Union Jack!

0:59:110:59:15

-SARCASTIC LAUGH

-Laugh, that's all they can do.

0:59:150:59:18

Nobody worries much about our country.

0:59:180:59:21

I'm doing my best to make them.

0:59:210:59:23

Yes, so I see.

0:59:230:59:25

They won't believe me, but I can see something.

0:59:250:59:29

I can see England in danger.

0:59:290:59:31

We've got to be strong on land and on sea.

0:59:310:59:34

And in the air.

0:59:340:59:36

Fiddlesticks! What can we do in the air except fly at ridiculous speeds?

0:59:360:59:41

It isn't natural. We're not birds.

0:59:410:59:44

You're not a fish but you have a yacht.

0:59:440:59:46

-That sounds rude.

-It wasn't intended to be.

0:59:460:59:49

Don't apologise, young man, please.

0:59:490:59:53

Everybody's rude these days.

0:59:530:59:56

I'm sick of this party. I'm off. Goodbye.

0:59:560:59:59

Goodbye.

0:59:591:00:01

I shall remember you, young man.

1:00:041:00:06

I shall remember you.

1:00:061:00:09

BIG BEN CHIMES

1:00:311:00:33

-There's more to it than winning a race.

-Quite.

1:00:381:00:40

We've pressed the Government.

1:00:401:00:43

Giving them the arguments,

1:00:431:00:45

the importance to aviation, prestige.

1:00:451:00:47

One more win and the trophy's ours.

1:00:471:00:49

It'll be a tragedy not to hold the race.

1:00:491:00:51

But it's going to cost £100,000.

1:00:511:00:53

Taxpayers' money. I doubt the taxpayers will stand for it.

1:00:531:00:57

That's the Government view. We shall know in a few minutes.

1:00:571:01:02

They don't realise the necessity of keeping the contest in this country.

1:01:021:01:07

Just going to ask the question.

1:01:081:01:11

Is the Government aware of the very serious effect

1:01:111:01:15

a withdrawal will have on our air position in the world

1:01:151:01:18

and the repercussions in our aircraft industry?

1:01:181:01:22

Is the Government aware that there are 3 million unemployed?

1:01:221:01:27

SHOUTING

1:01:271:01:29

"Is the Government aware there are 3 million unemployed?"

1:01:301:01:35

That was the next question.

1:01:351:01:37

You can imagine the answer.

1:01:371:01:39

Nothing doing?

1:01:391:01:42

No Schneider race?

1:01:421:01:44

No money.

1:01:441:01:46

So we have to give the whole thing up when it was almost in the bag.

1:01:471:01:51

That's about it.

1:01:511:01:53

Is this the Royal Aero Club?

1:01:531:01:54

It is. What do you want?

1:01:541:01:56

I want to see Squadron Leader Jefferson.

1:01:561:01:58

What's your business?

1:01:581:02:00

Oh, it's private.

1:02:001:02:02

What's your name?

1:02:021:02:03

You wouldn't know my name.

1:02:031:02:05

If you can't tell me your business, you can't see him.

1:02:051:02:09

Can't?

1:02:091:02:11

Mustn't say can't. No such word as can't.

1:02:111:02:14

Let's have a try.

1:02:141:02:16

Ahh...

1:02:191:02:22

You are Squadron Leader Jefferson, aren't you?

1:02:251:02:29

-I might be. Why?

-The leader of the Schneider Trophy team?

1:02:291:02:33

-This is the Schneider Trophy, isn't it?

-Mm. Pretty, isn't it?

1:02:331:02:36

-I didn't know we had it here.

-We won't have for long.

1:02:361:02:40

Is there anything else I can do for you?

1:02:401:02:43

Oh, no, I've got something for you.

1:02:431:02:45

A cheque for £100,000?

1:02:501:02:52

That's right, £100,000.

1:02:521:02:54

Don't drop it, it'll bounce really high.

1:02:541:02:57

"This is for the aeroplane race.

1:02:571:02:59

"Britain has to be strong on land, sea and in the air.

1:02:591:03:04

"Lucy Houston."

1:03:041:03:06

Houston? That one won't bounce.

1:03:061:03:08

"PS - remind the rude young man I said I should remember."

1:03:081:03:12

That's for you.

1:03:131:03:16

-You do want it, don't you?

-Er... Do we want...?

1:03:161:03:20

Are you sure there's nothing we can do for you?

1:03:201:03:23

Yes, come into the office.

1:03:231:03:25

-Like to take this away with you?

-No, no. No, thank you.

1:03:251:03:27

-What about a drink?

-Perhaps just a little one.

1:03:271:03:30

Oh, an enormous one!

1:03:301:03:32

'The speed was 340mph.

1:03:431:03:45

'The year was 1931.

1:03:461:03:48

'A triumph of a far-sighted individual

1:03:501:03:52

'over a near-sighted government.

1:03:521:03:55

'Lady Houston's gift was not wasted.

1:03:551:03:58

'The Schneider Trophy was Britain's for good.

1:03:581:04:01

'Nearly two years had passed, rather aimlessly perhaps,

1:04:011:04:05

'but that disturbing influence turned up again.'

1:04:051:04:09

Mitch.

1:04:141:04:16

Geoff! Haven't seen you for ages.

1:04:161:04:18

I only got back yesterday. On leave.

1:04:181:04:21

Why aren't you working?

1:04:211:04:22

What do you mean working? Look at all this.

1:04:221:04:25

Very professional but hardly your profession.

1:04:251:04:28

Don't Supermarine make aeroplanes now?

1:04:281:04:31

I expected an armful of new designs.

1:04:311:04:33

No, I'm taking things easy for the first time.

1:04:331:04:36

Doesn't seem to be much to go for.

1:04:361:04:38

You've had everything, what more could you want?

1:04:381:04:42

I don't know. I'm still wondering.

1:04:421:04:45

Must be something left to do, apart from gardening.

1:04:451:04:47

Yes, it doesn't make sense to me.

1:04:471:04:49

I'm going to have a closer look at you.

1:04:491:04:51

Come aboard, Admiral.

1:04:511:04:53

Well, how are you?

1:04:531:04:55

Oh, I see. You need a proper holiday.

1:04:551:04:58

Do I? Yes, I hadn't thought of that.

1:04:581:05:00

Diana!

1:05:001:05:01

I'm going next week. Come with me.

1:05:011:05:04

Why didn't you say so? Diana!

1:05:041:05:06

I say, look who's here.

1:05:061:05:08

-Hello, Geoff.

-Hello, Diana.

1:05:081:05:10

We're going on holiday.

1:05:101:05:12

-Where?

-Spain. Paris. There's a lot to be said for P...

1:05:121:05:17

-Germany.

-Why Germany?

1:05:171:05:19

-No women.

-There's 25 million women.

1:05:191:05:22

-Not my type.

-Where are we going?

1:05:221:05:24

We're going to Germany.

1:05:241:05:26

OOMPAH MUSIC

1:05:281:05:30

-Congratulations.

-Efficiency.

1:05:471:05:50

-Poetry, I call it.

-You English sentimentalise over everything.

1:05:501:05:54

You talk of poetry and make a lot of money.

1:05:541:05:57

Do we? I hadn't noticed it.

1:05:571:05:59

They all look very fit, these lads.

1:05:591:06:01

Yes, that's how we train them. Strength through joy.

1:06:011:06:05

Adolf Hitler, our new Chancellor, wishes it so.

1:06:051:06:08

-Don't you think it's wonderful?

-I think it's very inspiring.

1:06:081:06:12

-Are you a pilot?

-Not yet, but it's my ambition.

1:06:121:06:16

Well, good luck.

1:06:161:06:17

Excuse me, you in England also have gliding clubs?

1:06:171:06:20

We have, but they're not so well organised.

1:06:201:06:23

The English are always a little slow.

1:06:231:06:26

-Isn't it awful, everybody creeping about at 400mph?

-Huh?

1:06:261:06:32

Look, Geoff. Look, Diana.

1:06:321:06:34

That's what I call pure flying.

1:06:351:06:37

How would the Flight Lieutenant like to go up in one?

1:06:381:06:41

Without an engine? No, thanks. I'd be scared to death.

1:06:411:06:45

It's the best thing we can do. The Versailles Treaty doesn't permit Germany to build engines.

1:06:451:06:50

It does make it rather awkward.

1:06:501:06:52

Ah! Beer! Come.

1:06:521:06:54

-Here.

-Thank you.

1:06:541:06:56

Here.

1:06:561:06:58

Excuse me.

1:06:581:07:00

Achtung!

1:07:001:07:03

SPEAKS GERMAN

1:07:031:07:06

Achtung!

1:07:111:07:13

SPEAKS GERMAN

1:07:131:07:15

BAND STRIKES UP

1:07:161:07:18

Strength through joy.

1:07:241:07:26

Ladies and gentlemen,

1:08:171:08:20

Mr Mitchell's name and work

1:08:201:08:23

are very known in our country.

1:08:231:08:25

And Mr Crisp, whom we already met in the Great War,

1:08:251:08:30

is a pilot of great distinction.

1:08:301:08:33

We of the Richthofen Club are proud to have them with us here today.

1:08:331:08:38

So we will drink the health of our honoured guests.

1:08:381:08:43

-ALL:

-Bravo! Bravo!

1:08:431:08:44

Unsere Gaste.

1:08:441:08:46

-Hooray!

-Thank you, Flight Lieutenant.

1:08:511:08:53

No charge.

1:08:531:08:56

Well, thank you very much.

1:08:561:08:58

My wife and Mr Crisp, they thank you too, don't you?

1:08:581:09:00

Yes, rather.

1:09:001:09:02

We're very happy to be in this famous club and in Germany.

1:09:021:09:06

We've seen a lot that's impressed us enormously.

1:09:061:09:10

Healthy well-organised youth,

1:09:101:09:12

peace-loving people and good company.

1:09:121:09:15

-We drink your health.

-Hear! Hear!

1:09:151:09:18

Now you must add your name to those other famous ones here -

1:09:211:09:25

Milch, Udet, Goering and now you, Mr Mitchell, please.

1:09:251:09:29

Rather lowering the standard, I think.

1:09:291:09:32

Mr Crisp, please.

1:09:321:09:34

Ladies and gentlemen, if you wish to dance, orchestra is playing.

1:09:371:09:42

INDISTINCT CHATTER

1:09:421:09:45

Doctor.

1:09:511:09:53

-Guten Abend.

-Guten Abend.

1:09:531:09:55

Mr Mitchell, now you must meet a competitor.

1:09:551:09:58

-Competitor?

-Yes. Dr Messerschmitt, Mr RJ Mitchell.

1:09:581:10:02

-Oh, I am honoured.

-Glad to meet you.

1:10:021:10:06

You enjoy your visit in Germany?

1:10:061:10:08

Very much indeed, yes.

1:10:081:10:09

Fine. A prophet has no honour in his own country.

1:10:091:10:13

It's not true in your case I hope!

1:10:131:10:15

I've no complaints. I'm not a prophet.

1:10:151:10:18

Like you, I'm just an aircraft designer.

1:10:181:10:20

But a very busy one.

1:10:201:10:22

Fairly busy. But now I'm on holiday.

1:10:221:10:24

If you like it here, perhaps you will stay.

1:10:241:10:27

We could find interesting things for you to do.

1:10:271:10:31

It's very good of you, but it's just a holiday.

1:10:311:10:33

If I can help you to see anything...

1:10:331:10:36

That's very kind. I've seen your glider club.

1:10:361:10:38

Gliders...? Oh, ja!

1:10:381:10:42

But they have their uses.

1:10:421:10:44

I think we're being watched.

1:10:551:10:57

Oberleutenant Von Grantz du Tornenspitz.

1:10:571:10:58

Sounds perfectly frightful.

1:10:581:11:01

My name. My card.

1:11:011:11:03

My wife.

1:11:031:11:04

My goodness.

1:11:041:11:06

What do you suggest we do now?

1:11:081:11:10

Nothing. Just take me back to him.

1:11:101:11:13

Oh, that seems rather a pity.

1:11:131:11:15

Doesn't it? Come on, British pilot, back to Germany.

1:11:151:11:19

It's rather like casting pearls before sauerkraut, but here goes.

1:11:191:11:23

Your wife...your card... my mistake.

1:11:251:11:29

Gliders revert to the principle of the bird.

1:11:291:11:32

I don't think they have much practical use,

1:11:321:11:35

but one can learn a lot about flying from them.

1:11:351:11:38

So we have found.

1:11:381:11:40

You don't really think it's only gliders we make?

1:11:401:11:42

I know you make commercial aircraft,

1:11:421:11:45

-but, er...

-Well, not only commercial aircraft.

1:11:451:11:48

Oh?

1:11:481:11:50

I thought, um... Well, what about the...?

1:11:501:11:53

Another cognac, Mr Mitchell?

1:11:531:11:55

You were going to say, "What about the Versailles Treaty?"

1:11:551:11:59

As a matter of fact, I was.

1:11:591:12:02

Forget it. Good luck.

1:12:021:12:04

We have forgotten it.

1:12:041:12:06

The Versailles Treaty is dead.

1:12:061:12:09

Oh, I see.

1:12:091:12:11

A least I...don't think I do.

1:12:111:12:13

It's quite simple, Mitch. Quite simple.

1:12:131:12:16

The Versailles Treaty's dead.

1:12:161:12:19

Gehen Sie nicht so weit, bitte.

1:12:191:12:21

It's history. And like history, it's all over.

1:12:211:12:24

History is only important while it's being made.

1:12:241:12:28

Quite a point of view about history!

1:12:281:12:30

You've met history. You win a race at 400mph.

1:12:301:12:34

Then it's not important. What's important is what you do now.

1:12:341:12:38

Right, Mitch. Or the year after.

1:12:381:12:40

Your victory was a landmark.

1:12:401:12:42

Yes, like the discovery of America, or in Europe, the Reformation.

1:12:421:12:46

That's very flattering of you.

1:12:461:12:49

But neither has the same importance as the coming of Adolf Hitler.

1:12:491:12:53

Adolf who?

1:12:531:12:55

Hitler.

1:12:551:12:57

Oh, Hitler?

1:12:571:12:59

That's very interesting, but it's just your point of view.

1:12:591:13:04

One day it will be yours, Mr Crisp.

1:13:041:13:06

Because here now, we are making history.

1:13:061:13:09

History's only important while it's being made.

1:13:091:13:12

I'm for history remaining how it is.

1:13:121:13:15

We are not. We've had enough of being underdogs.

1:13:151:13:18

Under the Leader, we shall be overlords.

1:13:181:13:20

I agree about not being underdogs.

1:13:201:13:23

But...overlords? That's a bit of a jump.

1:13:231:13:26

It's a jump we shall take.

1:13:261:13:30

Of course... only under extreme pressure.

1:13:301:13:34

Wait. Being an overlord means something else to being an underdog.

1:13:341:13:38

Suppose the next underdog doesn't like it either. What happens then?

1:13:381:13:43

There are three answers.

1:13:431:13:45

First, the Leader. Second, the German people united behind him.

1:13:451:13:49

Third, the guns in the hands of the German people.

1:13:491:13:53

Guns always have the last word.

1:13:531:13:55

A nation that forgets is finished.

1:13:551:13:57

If our Leader has the first word and our guns have the last word,

1:13:571:14:01

it doesn't matter what anyone says in between.

1:14:011:14:05

What happens if others have guns?

1:14:051:14:07

We shall have more.

1:14:071:14:09

-More guns, more tanks, more planes.

-Planes?

1:14:091:14:13

With engines, I suppose?

1:14:131:14:15

With engines. Goering will see to that.

1:14:151:14:17

It doesn't matter if he asks for 5,000, 10,000, 20,000. He will get them

1:14:171:14:23

SPEAKS GERMAN

1:14:231:14:26

Why do you stop at 20,000, old boy?

1:14:271:14:29

We will not stop.

1:14:291:14:31

And nobody will stop us. It will not take long.

1:14:311:14:35

One city can be erased in a few hours. Erased

1:14:351:14:39

-like that.

-But you must not be afraid, Mr Mitchell.

1:14:391:14:44

Thanks very much.

1:14:441:14:46

England is our friend. England is helping us.

1:14:461:14:50

LAUGHS

1:14:501:14:52

I think that is funny. Very funny.

1:14:521:14:56

The nice respectable people of England fear the communists.

1:14:561:15:00

They don't stop us to re-arm. Oh, no.

1:15:001:15:04

They help us. They lend us money. I think that is funny. Very funny.

1:15:041:15:09

-It isn't funny at all.

-SPEAKS GERMAN

1:15:091:15:12

ALL SPEAK GERMAN

1:15:121:15:14

You must forgive him. He doesn't mean any harm. He's had too much to drink.

1:15:141:15:19

DOOR OPENS, LAUGHTER

1:15:191:15:21

Darling, I'm having such fun. They're absolutely charming.

1:15:241:15:29

The silly blasted fools are going to start it all over again!

1:15:371:15:40

Come on, let's forget it!

1:15:401:15:42

We're here to enjoy ourselves!

1:15:421:15:44

I'm afraid not. We've got to get back tomorrow.

1:15:441:15:47

-I'm sorry I suggested coming.

-I'm not, I'm glad.

1:15:471:15:50

I've got a job to do now, a real job.

1:15:501:15:53

More important than anything, and more urgent.

1:15:531:15:56

"'Guns have the last word." We've got to get back and tell them.

1:15:561:16:00

"5,000 planes, 10,000, 20,000... Goering will see to that."

1:16:011:16:06

That's what they said, and look at us.

1:16:061:16:09

We'll be helpless against those bombers.

1:16:091:16:11

I know, my dear fellow, I know.

1:16:111:16:13

For months now we've tried to warn the Government of the danger.

1:16:131:16:18

But this is a democratic country.

1:16:181:16:20

The policy of the Government is the will of the people.

1:16:201:16:24

And the immense desire of every sane person is for peace.

1:16:241:16:28

We can't do anything.

1:16:281:16:30

We're an armament firm.

1:16:301:16:32

If we speak out, we're attacked on all sides.

1:16:321:16:36

Well, Mitchell... what do you propose?

1:16:361:16:39

To be ready to give the Nazis a dose of their own medicine.

1:16:391:16:43

Death and destruction.

1:16:431:16:45

I want to build a fighter, the fastest and deadliest ever.

1:16:451:16:48

Of course you do.

1:16:481:16:50

And so do I.

1:16:501:16:52

The only thing to do is hatch a conspiracy against the Government,

1:16:521:16:57

to make them raise money to provide a defence.

1:16:571:17:01

But I can't do anything without causing an outcry.

1:17:011:17:04

Any reason why I shouldn't?

1:17:041:17:05

None whatever.

1:17:051:17:07

It's a question of life or death for this country.

1:17:071:17:10

You mustn't blame the Treasury.

1:17:101:17:12

They're looking after the nation's purse. Everyone wants the money -

1:17:121:17:17

Education, Social Service, etc.

1:17:171:17:20

Several of us here at the Air Ministry agree with you.

1:17:201:17:24

-We can put up some money now.

-How much?

1:17:241:17:27

£7,500.

1:17:271:17:29

£7,500?

1:17:291:17:31

But that's no use at all.

1:17:311:17:33

It's all we can do now. But you go and design your plane.

1:17:331:17:37

It may help things along. Don't look so depressed.

1:17:371:17:41

Government departments upset anyone.

1:17:411:17:44

Only one thing is to be done - build a plane, a fighter,

1:17:441:17:47

to be ready when it's needed.

1:17:471:17:49

I want to design one on the same lines as my Schneider planes.

1:17:491:17:54

Only, of course, a land plane.

1:17:541:17:57

For that I shall need a new engine.

1:17:571:17:59

Again? Why do people always come to me for special engines?

1:17:591:18:03

That's one of the penalties of being called Royce.

1:18:031:18:07

A new engine may mean new machine tools, months of experiments,

1:18:071:18:11

and may cost over £200,000.

1:18:111:18:13

Who's going to pay for it?

1:18:131:18:15

Well, the Air Ministry have promised £7,500.

1:18:171:18:20

And...I thought...

1:18:201:18:23

-INTERCOM BUZZES

-'Mr Barrington to see you, sir.'

1:18:241:18:28

-Very well, I'll see him.

-'When, Sir Henry?'

1:18:281:18:31

In a couple of minutes.

1:18:311:18:33

I've got another appointment.

1:18:331:18:35

Sorry I've taken up your time.

1:18:361:18:39

That's all right.

1:18:391:18:41

Now...about that engine...

1:18:511:18:55

-Yes?

-I'm afraid you've got me cornered.

1:18:551:18:58

I suppose you'll have to have it.

1:18:581:19:00

-Who's going to pay for it?

-The money always takes care of itself.

1:19:001:19:04

I'll let you have an engine I've had in my head for some time.

1:19:041:19:08

We'll work at it together.

1:19:081:19:11

I've got name for it. The Merlin.

1:19:111:19:13

-Merlin?

-The fellow at the court of King Arthur who worked wonders.

1:19:131:19:17

My engine and your plane are going to do just that.

1:19:171:19:21

THEY LAUGH

1:19:211:19:23

-All the best.

-Who is it tonight?

1:19:341:19:36

Are you suggesting I have an assignation?

1:19:361:19:39

Certainly not. I'm suggesting you have a date.

1:19:391:19:42

Who is it? Elsie Trubshaw?

1:19:421:19:44

Elsie Trubshaw?

1:19:441:19:46

You're six months behind the times.

1:19:461:19:49

-This is something sensational.

-What, again?

1:19:491:19:52

-This is 100% she-woman.

-Just a test pilot, aren't you?

1:19:521:19:56

Really...

1:19:561:19:58

Excuse me, miss.

1:20:011:20:03

Is that her?

1:20:041:20:06

Is it?

1:20:121:20:14

You wouldn't have your dates mixed, would you?

1:20:141:20:18

My dear Miss Harper.

1:20:221:20:24

-What are you doing here?

-I've come to see you.

1:20:241:20:27

-I'm sorry, I've got a date.

-I know, but not for quarter of an hour.

1:20:271:20:31

Didn't you tell Miss Crown to be here at ten?

1:20:311:20:34

-Quarter past.

-I said ten o'clock!

1:20:341:20:37

I had to see you, it's important.

1:20:371:20:39

-I'm not a fussy man, but...

-It's about Mr Mitchell.

1:20:391:20:43

About Mitch? Why, is anything wrong?

1:20:431:20:45

Yes.

1:20:451:20:47

I'm afraid there is.

1:20:471:20:49

Oh... Let's go and sit down.

1:20:491:20:52

-What's the matter with him?

-He works without rest.

1:20:541:20:57

No man can work with that much tension without cracking.

1:20:571:21:01

Mitch is all right. He's a strange bird. He's an artist.

1:21:011:21:06

The work he does is original creative stuff.

1:21:061:21:09

He's giving birth.

1:21:091:21:11

It's tricky just now. But he'll settle down and work in his garden.

1:21:111:21:15

Play snooker. Then you'll know the fighter's born.

1:21:151:21:18

No, it's much more serious than that.

1:21:181:21:21

He really is overworking.

1:21:211:21:23

You don't see as much of him as I do.

1:21:231:21:26

That's true. Where is he now?

1:21:261:21:29

Still at that office - working. It's the same every night.

1:21:291:21:33

If you're his friend, you should speak to him, force him to take a rest.

1:21:331:21:37

How long has this been going on?

1:21:371:21:38

For months now.

1:21:381:21:41

And it can't go on much longer.

1:21:411:21:44

I wish you'd told me before.

1:21:451:21:47

Come on, let's go and get him.

1:21:491:21:51

-What, now?

-Now.

-What about Miss Crown?

1:21:511:21:53

She'll keep. Come on.

1:21:531:21:55

Mitch?

1:22:211:22:23

Hello, Geoff.

1:22:261:22:29

Come on, you're going home.

1:22:291:22:31

Thank you.

1:22:371:22:39

-All set?

-Yes.

1:22:391:22:42

Hello, Miss Harper. Still here?

1:22:491:22:51

Off you go.

1:22:511:22:53

There you are, Mitch. Now go to bed.

1:23:061:23:08

Thanks.

1:23:081:23:10

Thank you.

1:23:101:23:13

You gave me a fright! Nothing wrong, is there?

1:23:131:23:16

We just brought the old chum home. He'd done enough for one day.

1:23:161:23:20

Oh, I see.

1:23:201:23:22

Thanks so much. Do come in, won't you?

1:23:221:23:25

-No, really, Mrs Mitchell, it's late.

-Just for a minute.

-Of course you will.

1:23:251:23:30

Come on, I've got some soup for you.

1:23:301:23:32

That sounds grand.

1:23:321:23:34

Anne, talk to me while I get the soup.

1:23:371:23:39

Geoff, get yourself a drink.

1:23:391:23:41

-No, thank you, Mitch.

-Aren't you well?

1:23:411:23:44

Oh, I'm all right.

1:23:441:23:47

I don't know what I'd do without her. I'd be quite lost.

1:23:471:23:51

It's surprising. She's got some good points.

1:23:511:23:54

-Who?

-The snapdragon.

1:23:541:23:57

Oh...

1:23:581:24:00

I meant Diana.

1:24:001:24:02

Oh, Diana? She's grand!

1:24:021:24:04

Take my advice, Geoff.

1:24:051:24:08

Get yourself a wife.

1:24:081:24:10

-Before it's too late.

-Yes, I might do that.

1:24:121:24:15

I'll try anything once.

1:24:151:24:17

Here you are, darling.

1:24:261:24:28

Here's your soup, darling.

1:24:371:24:39

Oh, thanks.

1:24:391:24:41

What happened to your tie?

1:24:411:24:43

I don't know, I must have left it in the office.

1:24:431:24:47

You know...you're working too hard.

1:24:471:24:50

Hard, but not too hard.

1:24:501:24:52

You won't overdo it?

1:24:521:24:54

-No?

-No.

1:24:541:24:58

Can't you ease up a bit, Mitch?

1:24:591:25:02

Not just yet, Geoff. Not just yet.

1:25:021:25:05

Working long hours isn't tiring.

1:25:071:25:09

It's because what one wants is always just out of reach.

1:25:091:25:13

It's tiring always stretching for it.

1:25:131:25:16

But I'll get it.

1:25:161:25:18

After all, what I want isn't as easy as all that.

1:25:181:25:22

It's got to do 400mph,

1:25:221:25:24

turn on a sixpence, climb 10,000 feet in a few minutes,

1:25:241:25:28

dive at 500mph without breaking, carry eight machine guns.

1:25:281:25:32

-Eight guns?

-Yes.

1:25:321:25:35

And all from a picnic on the cliffs. Remember...watching those birds?

1:25:351:25:40

But it isn't exactly a bird I'm creating, is it?

1:25:421:25:45

At least it's a curious sort of bird.

1:25:451:25:48

A bird that breathes fire, and spits out death and destruction.

1:25:481:25:52

A spitfire bird.

1:25:521:25:55

Goodbye. Tell Mr Mitchell I want to see him.

1:25:571:26:01

-He's not in.

-Not in?

1:26:011:26:03

He didn't come to the office.

1:26:031:26:05

Find out where he is.

1:26:051:26:07

-Air Commodore Button will be here at 3 o'clock. He has something to tell him.

-Yes, sir.

1:26:071:26:12

Mr MacPherson, please.

1:26:121:26:14

Aye.

1:26:141:26:16

No, he's not been here this morning at all.

1:26:161:26:19

Get me Mrs Mitchell, please.

1:26:221:26:24

He left here early this morning.

1:26:241:26:26

Yes.

1:26:261:26:28

I wonder where he could have got to.

1:26:291:26:32

I suppose you know something of the trouble or you wouldn't have come.

1:26:481:26:53

I had an idea of it, yes.

1:26:531:26:56

I'm afraid you're a rather sick man, Mr Mitchell.

1:26:561:26:59

I had an idea of that, too.

1:26:591:27:01

I want you to do something about it.

1:27:011:27:04

That's more in your hands than mine.

1:27:041:27:06

How do you mean?

1:27:061:27:08

Have you been overdoing it?

1:27:081:27:10

A bit.

1:27:101:27:13

More than a bit, and that must stop.

1:27:131:27:15

You mean...

1:27:161:27:18

less work?

1:27:181:27:21

I mean no work. A holiday.

1:27:211:27:23

A year, at least.

1:27:231:27:25

Go away somewhere by the sea.

1:27:251:27:27

Plenty of sun, plenty of fresh air.

1:27:271:27:30

And a complete rest.

1:27:301:27:32

If you do, there's no reason why you shouldn't go on for years.

1:27:321:27:36

And if I don't do that?

1:27:361:27:38

Well...

1:27:391:27:42

Well, come on, what is it?

1:27:421:27:44

Perhaps a year.

1:27:441:27:46

Perhaps less.

1:27:471:27:49

Perhaps six or eight months.

1:27:491:27:53

Eight months?

1:27:541:27:56

Now it's up to you, Mr Mitchell.

1:27:561:27:59

You know what to do.

1:27:591:28:01

I'm awfully sorry, but I don't know what's happened to him.

1:28:071:28:11

-He's completely disappeared.

-DOOR OPENS

1:28:111:28:14

Where on earth have you been? We've been chasing all over for you!

1:28:141:28:18

I'm sorry, I took the morning off.

1:28:181:28:21

-Good afternoon.

-Mr Mitchell, I have good news.

1:28:231:28:27

You stirred up a hornet's nest.

1:28:271:28:30

Everybody likes your plane.

1:28:301:28:32

I don't want to beat about the bush.

1:28:321:28:35

The plane must be ready in 12 months. It's all we can give you.

1:28:351:28:39

It'll be ready in eight months, because...

1:28:391:28:42

that's all the time I can give you.

1:28:421:28:45

This oil-feed system.

1:29:511:29:53

-Giving you trouble?

-It's giving me the deuce.

1:29:531:29:56

I'll let you have detailed drawings.

1:29:561:29:59

Some job. Can we have them in three or four days?

1:29:591:30:02

You can have them in the morning.

1:30:021:30:04

Why aren't you asleep?

1:30:511:30:53

How could I be?

1:30:531:30:55

Sorry, darling, I had some work to do.

1:30:581:31:00

I thought I might as well finish it.

1:31:001:31:03

Darling...

1:31:051:31:08

let's stop pretending.

1:31:081:31:10

It's not just that you're tired, overworking, you've done it before.

1:31:101:31:15

And it isn't as if you were old.

1:31:151:31:18

Darling, there's something more, something the matter.

1:31:181:31:22

You're not well.

1:31:221:31:24

I'm sure you're not well.

1:31:241:31:26

I'm not as fit as I have been.

1:31:261:31:29

Will you do me a favour? Go and see a doctor.

1:31:291:31:33

I have.

1:31:331:31:35

When?

1:31:351:31:37

One day. The day I told you I was in town getting instruments.

1:31:371:31:42

Who did you see?

1:31:421:31:44

Some fellow in Harley Street.

1:31:441:31:47

What did he say?

1:31:471:31:49

As far as I remember, I thanked him for his advice.

1:31:501:31:54

What did he say really?

1:31:541:31:56

You must tell me. We're not children.

1:31:561:31:59

Darling...you do believe this work I'm doing is important, don't you?

1:31:591:32:04

-Of course I do.

-I mean really important.

1:32:041:32:08

More important... than us, for instance.

1:32:081:32:11

What did that doctor say?

1:32:121:32:14

He said...

1:32:141:32:16

he said I must rest.

1:32:161:32:19

Yes?

1:32:191:32:21

And if I didn't, he'd rather not be responsible.

1:32:211:32:24

If you don't stop working... you'll die.

1:32:261:32:29

I had to tell you some time.

1:32:311:32:33

You're deliberately killing yourself.

1:32:331:32:36

I'm going on with my work. As you said, it's important.

1:32:361:32:40

We believe that and we must live what we believe.

1:32:401:32:43

-Live?

-Darling, we've all got to pack up sometime or other.

1:32:431:32:48

When we pack up doesn't matter it's what we do while we're here.

1:32:481:32:53

How long did he say - that doctor?

1:32:531:32:55

Oh, don't worry about that. Time enough.

1:32:571:33:00

I had a letter from Gordon yesterday.

1:33:071:33:10

Did you? Read it to me.

1:33:101:33:12

'Dear Mum and Dad, Good news.'

1:33:141:33:16

'I'm at last in the First XI, so I've not much time for maths.'

1:33:161:33:21

'I hope you will remember this when you read my report.'

1:33:211:33:25

'Could I have another pound? I'm very hard up. Your loving son...'

1:33:251:33:30

You're sacrificing your life for something that may never happen.

1:33:301:33:34

You can't go on like this, you can't.

1:33:341:33:37

Night and day.

1:33:371:33:40

Suppose you never even finished it?

1:33:401:33:42

Diana, should we go away to Cornwall together?

1:33:431:33:48

I'll rest and come back and finish the job in one quick spurt.

1:33:481:33:52

Then away for a holiday, anywhere in the world, till I'm fit. Shall we?

1:33:521:33:57

-SOBS:

-Oh, darling. Please. Yes, please.

1:33:571:34:00

All right, all right, all right. We'll go. We'll go away.

1:34:001:34:04

I couldn't go...really.

1:34:301:34:33

Could I?

1:34:341:34:36

You do understand, don't you?

1:34:361:34:38

Yes, darling...

1:34:401:34:42

..I understand.

1:34:431:34:45

-Asleep?

-No.

1:36:091:36:10

-Resting?

-No.

1:36:101:36:13

You're worrying about the trials of your aeroplane.

1:36:131:36:17

Well, don't. Mrs Mitchell is there, she'll bring back the news.

1:36:171:36:22

You have a good read and forget all about it.

1:36:221:36:25

Thanks.

1:36:251:36:27

Don't panic. When we get through, they'll be throwing their hats in the air.

1:36:291:36:33

-I wish he'd been here.

-I'll show that old crate off.

1:36:331:36:36

-He'll be proud of us.

-He can be. So can you.

1:36:361:36:39

I'm just the hands. I don't do anything.

1:36:391:36:41

-Except risk your neck.

-Oh, that. Mac, give me those.

1:36:411:36:45

-ENGINE STARTS

-We're off.

1:36:451:36:47

-BOTH:

-Good luck.

-Watch your step.

1:36:471:36:50

Mr Mitchell, what are you doing?

1:37:071:37:09

What do you think I'm doing - shaving?

1:37:091:37:12

You must rest.

1:37:121:37:14

Oh, my dear, I got so bored resting.

1:37:141:37:17

Well, I can't help that.

1:37:171:37:19

I can.

1:37:191:37:21

You know, you're making a complete invalid out of me.

1:37:211:37:25

You know what the doctor said.

1:37:251:37:27

I know the doctor's a big...bluff.

1:37:271:37:29

Mr Mitchell, really. If you promise to rest, I'll make you a cup of tea.

1:37:291:37:35

Tea.

1:37:351:37:37

SPITFIRE ENGINE HUMS

1:40:061:40:08

My goodness, that plane gave me a fright.

1:40:461:40:49

They've no right to fly so low.

1:40:491:40:51

Are you all right?

1:40:511:40:53

Yes, I'm all right.

1:40:531:40:56

A bit tired, that's all.

1:40:561:40:58

Your tea won't be long.

1:40:581:41:00

Crisp - a moment.

1:41:171:41:20

-Good work.

-I hope you're satisfied, sir.

-Satisfied?

1:41:211:41:24

As a ministry representative, I can't commit myself.

1:41:241:41:28

-But as an old pilot, it's the best show I've ever seen.

-Mitchell would be glad to hear that.

1:41:281:41:33

-Yes, I'm sorry he isn't here.

-Would you like to say it to his wife?

1:41:331:41:36

-I should love to.

-Diana - Air Marshall Bradford.

1:41:361:41:40

Congratulations, Mrs Mitchell. Will you thank your husband?

1:41:401:41:44

He's given England something that she badly needs.

1:41:441:41:48

Well, what now?

1:41:481:41:50

Now the Government must make up its mind.

1:41:501:41:53

I'd never like to be responsible for that.

1:41:531:41:56

Hello.

1:42:111:42:13

Any news?

1:42:131:42:15

Not yet.

1:42:151:42:17

We'll just have to wait a bit longer.

1:42:171:42:20

All I want now is to get you well again.

1:42:201:42:23

Then we'll go away somewhere with lots of sun, for a long, long time.

1:42:231:42:27

-Mrs Mitchell, you're wanted on the telephone.

-All right, I'm coming.

1:42:271:42:32

I'll be back in a minute.

1:42:321:42:34

-Hello, Mitch.

-Hello, Geoff.

1:42:551:42:58

You look better.

1:42:581:43:00

Any news?

1:43:011:43:04

Not yet?

1:43:041:43:06

What are they waiting for?

1:43:081:43:10

I flew it, I can tell them - it's terrific.

1:43:101:43:13

Here we are, week after week going by.

1:43:131:43:16

Makes me sick. After the work you put into it.

1:43:161:43:19

Oh, don't worry. It's bound to take time.

1:43:191:43:23

They've got to make sure.

1:43:231:43:25

A lot of good lads will risk their lives in it.

1:43:251:43:28

-I don't see where the risk comes in.

-You wouldn't.

1:43:281:43:32

You'd risk your neck in anything.

1:43:321:43:35

-Why are you in such a hurry?

-It takes so long and there's so little ti...

1:43:351:43:39

Thanks for the thought, Geoff.

1:43:401:43:42

But there isn't any great hurry so far as I'm concerned.

1:43:421:43:46

I mean, my work on the Spitfire has really finished.

1:43:461:43:50

Yours is just beginning.

1:43:501:43:53

If it's accepted, it's your baby now.

1:43:531:43:56

Yours and the rest of the fighter pilots.

1:43:561:43:59

Yes. We're going right on. Nothing is going to stop us.

1:43:591:44:03

Remember I said that to you before?

1:44:031:44:05

We must have planes, like yours.

1:44:051:44:08

You'll get them - sooner or later.

1:44:081:44:10

Wonderful news! Hello, Geoff. I've spoken to Sir Ian.

1:44:101:44:14

-They're building hundreds of them!

-No?!

1:44:141:44:17

-Official?

-Yes, official. Oh, darling!

1:44:171:44:20

We're off, chum. Now we can get to work. Cable to Goering?!

1:44:201:44:24

What shall we say? Dear Hermann...

1:44:241:44:27

We're building gliders. How are yours coming along?

1:44:271:44:30

And see that you get what you want.

1:44:301:44:32

You still need a lot. Don't let the Whitehall boys put one over on you.

1:44:321:44:38

And another thing, Geoff... Another thing...

1:44:381:44:41

I'm so damn tired.

1:44:421:44:44

-So long, Mitch.

-No, no, Geoff. Don't go.

1:44:501:44:53

We'll talk about it some other time.

1:44:531:44:56

WEARILY: Some other time.

1:44:561:44:58

Geoff.

1:44:581:45:01

Thanks.

1:45:011:45:03

Hundreds of them.

1:45:321:45:34

Thousands of them.

1:45:341:45:36

You'll see great armadas of them.

1:45:361:45:40

An impregnable wall against the barbarians.

1:45:401:45:43

You've been talking too much.

1:45:441:45:47

Yes, I have been talking, haven't I?

1:45:481:45:51

Now, I'm going away and you must go to sleep.

1:45:511:45:53

Diana...before you go...

1:45:531:45:57

Mm-hm?

1:45:571:45:59

I want you to do something for me.

1:45:591:46:01

What is it?

1:46:011:46:03

Well, now that the job's finished,

1:46:031:46:06

thank them all at the works, will you?

1:46:061:46:09

Mac and Miss Harper...

1:46:091:46:11

and all the boys.

1:46:111:46:14

-Well, you know, everyone.

-Of course.

1:46:141:46:17

And you.

1:46:191:46:21

Nonsense.

1:46:211:46:23

You most of all.

1:46:231:46:25

Ssh.

1:46:251:46:27

You go to sleep.

1:46:281:46:31

I am asleep.

1:46:311:46:33

GASP OF SHOCK

1:46:541:46:56

SEAGULLS SCREECH

1:46:591:47:01

Well, there's not much else to tell.

1:47:231:47:25

Except that Mitch died a happy man.

1:47:251:47:28

Of course, if he'd known what we know today,

1:47:301:47:34

he'd probably have died happier still.

1:47:341:47:37

But that's not the end of the story.

1:47:371:47:40

"Hunter Squadron, scramble."

1:47:401:47:42

"Hunter Squadron, scramble."

1:47:441:47:46

-Where's the Squadron Leader?

-Doc won't let him come, sir.

1:48:021:48:04

Good luck, sir.

1:48:151:48:17

The stationmaster's on the train.

1:48:251:48:27

What for?

1:48:271:48:28

"Keeping an eye on us."

1:48:281:48:30

The CO must be badly shaken then.

1:48:301:48:33

Hope the stationmaster can take it.

1:48:331:48:35

Pipe down, you mutts.

1:48:351:48:37

Hello, Bunny. Hello, Bunny.

1:48:381:48:40

"Crisp here. Where shall I go?"

1:48:401:48:42

Come in, Number Two, on me.

1:48:421:48:45

Hello, Flapper Control. Hunter Leader calling.

1:48:461:48:49

Have you any information?

1:48:491:48:52

-'Over.'

-Hello, Hunter Leader.

1:48:521:48:54

Bandits approaching Beachy from south-east. Angels One Fife.

1:48:541:48:59

OK, Flapper Control. Message received and understood.

1:48:591:49:03

Hello, Flapper Control. How many are there? How many bandits are there?

1:49:061:49:11

-About 100. Maybe more.

-Only 100. Too bad.

1:49:111:49:15

Hello, Flapper Control. I'm now over Beachy Head. Angels 20.

1:49:261:49:30

'Have you any more information? Over.'

1:49:301:49:33

Hello, Hunter Leader, Hunter Leader.

1:49:331:49:36

Bandits are now three miles south of Beachy.

1:49:361:49:39

You should see them any minute.

1:49:391:49:41

Hunter Leader, Flapper Control calling. Can you see them?

1:49:481:49:52

No, can't see a thing.

1:49:551:49:57

You should be above them.

1:49:571:49:59

OK, Flapper, I've seen them.

1:50:051:50:07

'Tally-ho. There they are, Hunter aircraft.'

1:50:071:50:11

Keep in and keep a good lookout. Here we go.

1:50:111:50:14

Achtung. Achtung, Spitfires kommen.

1:50:241:50:27

MACHINE-GUN FIRE

1:50:411:50:43

-BUNNY:

-'Two of them in one go!'

1:51:201:51:22

-CRISP:

-'What do you mean, two? One of them was mine.'

1:51:221:51:26

The party's nearly over.

1:51:281:51:30

MACHINE-GUN FIRE

1:51:351:51:37

Look out, Bunny, there's a 109 coming up behind you.

1:52:201:52:24

MACHINE-GUN FIRE

1:52:251:52:27

Bunny!

1:52:301:52:32

I'm going to get that swine if it's the last thing I do.

1:52:321:52:36

Hello, all Hunter aircraft. Flapper Control calling.

1:52:491:52:54

Nice work. Thank you. Thank you. You can come home now.

1:52:541:52:58

'You can come home now.'

1:52:581:53:00

Mitch.

1:53:111:53:13

They can't take the Spitfires. They can't take 'em.

1:53:131:53:16

Biopic that chronicles the true story of how two of the most remarkable men in aviation history - visionary Spitfire designer RJ Mitchell and his test pilot Geoffrey Crisp - designed a streamlined monoplane that led to the development of the Spitfire.


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