Movies Against the Wind (Ealing 1948, Jack Warner, Robert Beatty) Published 8 months ago on September 26, 2018 ‘Yet Freedom! Yet thy banner, torn, but flying, Streams like the thunderstorm against the wind,’ wrote Byron and his words were taken as the motto for this Second World War spy thriller by Charles Crichton (The Lavender Hill Mob , A Fish Called Wanda), described by Leonard Maltin as a ‘taut and engrossing…dramatic story of resistance fighters.’ Set in London and Belgium, Against the Wind stars Robert Beatty as Priest Father Phillip, who learns the art of sabotage in a London school alongside Michele (Simone Signor et), a Belgian girl wishing to forget a failed love affair; Max Cronk (Jack Warner) and Johnny Duncan (Gordon Jackson), a young explosives expert. After one of their team is captured by the Germans on a previous mission, they are parachuted in to occupied Belgium to destroy a records office and release the captured prisoner. But Max turns out to be a traitor and is exposed and killed by the ruthless Michele while Johnny proves hopelessly ill-equipped for the task due to his inability to speak French. However, after a series of disasters and misadventures the team proves its worth and pulls off the dangerous task. The film was based on an idea put forward by Lieutenant Colonel J. Elder Willis, a Special Forces commander, whose escapades during the Second World War were then successfully transposed to the screen under Crichton’s admirable direction. Founded on actual events, the film holds a substantial degree of gritty realism with members of the Belgium Resistance movement recreating on celluloid some of their real life roles of the war a few years earlier. Simone Signoret went on to win an Oscar for her role in Room At The Top (1960). production details UK / Ealing / 96 minutes / 1948 Director: Charles Crichton Writers: J. Elder Wills, Michael Pertwee, T.E.B. Clarke cast Jack Warner as Max Cronk Robert Beatty as Father Philip Elliot Simone Signoret as Michèle Denis Gordon Jackson as Scotty Duncan Paul Dupuis as Jacques Picquart James Robertson Justice as Ackerman André Morell as Abbott Eugene Deckers as Marcel van Hecke John Slater as Emile Meyer Peter Illing as Andrew Sybille Binder as Florence Malou Andrew Blackett as Frankie Arthur Lawrence as Capt. Verreker Andre MorellAndrew BlackettCharles CrichtonDramaEalingEugene DeckersGordon JacksonJ. Elder WillsJack WarnerJames Robertson JusticeJohn SlaterMichael PertweePaul DupuisPeter IllingRobert BeattySimone SignoretSybille BinderT.E.B. ClarkeWar Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes5 hours ago Portals to Hell: Emerald Hill Hell House (S1EP5 Travel Fri 24 May 2019) Emerald Hill Hell House: Jack Osbourne and Katrina Weidman investigate a 19th-century estate in Monongahela, Pa., which is bursting with... Episodes5 hours ago Doom Patrol: Ezekiel Patrol (Season 1 Finale DC Fri 24 May 2019) Ezekiel Patrol: The Doom Patrol go their separate ways in the season finale. Airdate: Friday 24 May 2019 on DC.... Episodes5 hours ago Warrior: They Don’t Pay Us Enough to Think (S1EP8 Cinemax Fri 24 May 2019) They Don’t Pay Us Enough to Think: After a bloodbath on the streets of Chinatown, the Hop Wei and Long... Episodes5 hours ago Whistleblower Season 2 Premieres Fri 24 May 2019 on CBS WHISTLEBLOWER begins its second season on Friday, May 24 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), investigating the real-life David vs. Goliath stories of... Episodes5 hours ago Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Fear and Loathing on the Planet of Kitson(S6EP3 ABC Fri 24 May 2019) Fear and Loathing on the Planet of Kitson: It’s a wild night out on the planet of Kitson for the... search EPISODES Episodes5 hours ago Pitching In Premieres Fri 24 May on Acorn TV In the series opener of Pitching In, recent widower, Frank Hardcastle (Larry Lamb, EastEnders), is struggling to find the energy... Episodes5 hours ago She’s Gotta Have It Season 2 Premieres Fri 24 May on Netflix A seriously sexy comedy and rousing celebration of female empowerment, She’s Gotta Have It Season 2 offers a timely and... Episodes5 hours ago Vida Season 2 Premieres Fri 24 May on Starz Episode 7: The bar prepares to host a fundraiser for Eddy’s hospital expenses while Emma and Lyn learn the truth... advertisement MOVIES Movies2 months ago Shazam! | 2019 | Zachary Levi, Asher Angel A boy is given the ability to become an adult superhero in times of need with a single magic word.... Movies2 months ago Dumbo | 2019 | Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans... Movies2 months ago The Man Who Killed Don Quixote | 2018 | Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce Toby, a cynical advertising director finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself... mytvtonight mytvtonight devoted to all things film and tv.