The First of the Few is an absorbing film biography of R J Mitchell, the designer of the Spitfire, the aircraft that enabled the Royal Air Force to defeat the might of Germany’s Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain. Produced and directed by Leslie Howard, who also stars alongside David Niven.
The Monthly Film Bulletin said: “The film is brilliantly conceived, superbly produced and directed, and has some of the finest lighting and photography yet seen in British films. The flying sequences are exceptionally effective. But perhaps outstanding is the portrait of R J Mitchell by Leslie Howard. Simple and straightforward and therefore most moving in its appeal, this characterisation is unforgettable.”
UK / 1942
Produced and Directed by Leslie Howard
Writers: Anatole de Grunwald, Miles Malleson
Cast: Leslie Howard, David Niven, Rosamund John, Roland Culver, Anne Firth, David Horne, J H Roberts, Derrick de Marney, Rosalyn Boulter