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The Sound Barrier (1952) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by David Lean and produced by David Lean and Norman Spencer.

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The Sound Barrier (1952, David Lean)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 20, 2018 From The Stop Button

There?s a lot to The Sound Barrier. Outside the truly magnificent aerial photography, not much of it has to do with the film itself. Other than director Lean and writer Terence Rattigan rewriting actual history to make it so a private British aircraft company ?broke? the sound barrier some five year... Read full article

Breaking the Sound Barrier (1952)

By Beatrice on Sep 17, 2015 From Flickers in Time

Breaking the Sound Barrier Directed by David Lean Written by Terrence Rattigan 1952/UK London Film Productions First viewing/Netflix rental Not what one might expect from the creative talent involved but still a solid picture about the development of supersonic flight. The movie begins in the m... Read full article

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The flying sequences under the direction of Anthony Squire, were based at the Vickers aerodrome at Chilbolton near Nether Wallop in Hampshire. Squire managed to secure one of the last airworthy Avro Lancaster bombers for the task. The cameramen were positioned in the front and rear turrets whilst Squire conducted proceedings from the central astrodome. The Lancaster was replaced by a Vickers Valetta after all but Squire had fallen asleep due to an oxygen supply failure. Luckily as he recalled, "They all woke up on the way down, like people in a fairy wood, but I didn't bother with the Lancaster again."
In the movie, Nigel Patrick and Ann Todd were sitting in a more dangerous plane than they knew. The de Havilland Comet airliner depicted in the film would become a notorious design for two tragic mid-air breakups in 1954 which killed all on board. The aircraft would be redesigned but the legacy would prevent it from being a success.
The BAFTA awards associated with "Sound Barrier" were made at a ceremony prior to a showing of "The Titfield Thunderbolt" at the Leicester Square Theatre on March 5th 1953. Mr Michael Redgrave presented the awards.
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