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The Lion Has Wings

The Lion Has Wings(1940)

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According to the Variety review, this picture, produced in England, was the first of the official British propaganda films to reach the U.S. following the outbreak of World War II. Life notes that it was made in twelve days, and utilized stock footage. According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter, the picture was financed by Alexander Korda but made in cooperation with the British Royal Air Force and the Ministry of Information. Another news item in Hollywood Reporter adds that half of the British proceeds from the film were donated to the British War Fund. E. V. H. Emmett, the narrator of the British version of the film, was a well-known British news commentator. Modern sources credit director Adrian Brunel and E. V. H. Emmett with screenplay and scenarist Ian Dalrymple with story and add John Robinson, Carl Jaffee, Gerald Case and Torin Thatcher to the cast.