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The 1955 World War II Historical Drama About Great Britain's Astounding Aerial Attack On Germany's Ruhr Valley Dams! The Special Effects Feature That Inspired Much Of The Movie "Star Wars" Starring Richard Todd, Michael Redgrave and Ursula Jeans In Dual Layer All Regions DVD Format!
A historically accurate account of the attack made by Royal Air Force No. 617 Squadron on German dams on May 16-17 1943, utilizing a new secret "bouncing bomb" developed to destroy the Möhne, Edersee and Sorpe dams located in Germany's military-industrial heartland, the Ruhr valley. The film's attack sequences were inspirational for, and sometimes virtually duplicated in, the Death Star battle scenes in the movie Star Wars, and both Gilbert Taylor, Director of Photography for The Dam Busters, and Stuart Freeborn, The Dam Buster's Makeup Supervisor, worked on Star Wars as well. It is also the first film appearance (uncredited) by Patrick McGoohan. One of the great war classics (Black and White, 2:05).
Paul Brickhill (Book, "The Dam Busters"), Wing Comdr. Guy Gibson (Book, "Enemy Coast Ahead"), R.C. Sherriff (Screenplay)
Richard Todd ... Wing Commander Guy Gibson, V.C., D.S.O., D.F.C.
Michael Redgrave ... Doctor B. N. Wallis, C.B.E., F.R.S.
Ursula Jeans ... Mrs. Wallis
Frank Phillips ... B.B.C. Announcer
Patrick McGoohan ... Guard on Door (uncredited)
Charles Carson ... Doctor
Stanley Van Beers ... Sir David Pye, C.B., F.R.S.
Colin Tapley ... Doctor W.H. Glanville, C.B., C.B.E.
Frederick Leister ... Committee Member
Eric Messiter ... Committee Member
Laidman Browne ... Committee Member
Raymond Huntley ... Official, National Physical Laboratory
Hugh Manning ... Official, Ministry of Aircraft Production
Patrick Barr ... Captain Joseph 'Mutt' Summers, C.B.E.
Edwin Styles ... Observer at Trials
Hugh Moxey ... Observer at Trials
Anthony Shaw ... R.A.F. Officer at Trials
Basil Sydney ... Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Harris G.C.B., O.B.E., A.F.C.
Ernest Clark ... Air Vice-Marshal The Hon. Ralph Cochrane G.B.E., K.C.B., A.F.C.
Derek Farr ... Group Captain J.N.H. Whitworth, D.S.O., D.F.C.
Laurence Naismith ... Farmer
Harold Siddons ... Group Signals Officer
Brewster Mason ... Flt / Lt. R.D. Trevor-Roper, D.F.C., D.F.M.
Tony Doonan ... Flt / Lt. R.E.G. Hutchison, D.F.C. (as Anthony Doonan)
Nigel Stock ... Flying / Off. F.M. Spafford, D.F.C., D.F.M.
Brian Nissen ... Flt / Lt. A.T. Taerum, D.F.C.
Robert Shaw ... Flt / Sgt. J. Pulford, D.F.M.
Peter Assinder ... Plt / Off. G.A. Deering, D.F.C.
Richard Leech ... Squadron Leader H.M. Young, D.F.C.
Richard Thorp ... Squadron Leader H.E. Maudslay, D.F.C.
John Fraser ... Flight Lieutenant J.V. Hopgood, D.F.C.
David Morrell ... Flight Lieutenant W. Astell, D.F.C.
Bill Kerr ... Flight Lieutenant H.B. Martin, D.S.O., D.F.C., A.F.C.
George Baker ... Flight Lieutenant D.J.H. Maltby, D.S.O., D.F.C.
Ronald Wilson ... Flight Lieutenant D.J. Shannon, D.S.O., D.F.C.
Denys Graham ... Flying Officer L.G. Knight, D.S.O.
Basil Appleby ... Flight Lieutenant R.C. Hay, D.F.C.
Tim Turner ... Flight Lieutenant J.F. Leggo, D.F.C.
Ewen Solon ... Flight Sergeant G.E. Powell
Harold Goodwin ... Wing Comdr. Gibson's Batman
John Breslin ... Crew member (uncredited)
Edward Cast ... Crew Member (uncredited)
Richard Coleman ... RAF Officer (uncredited)
Peter Diamond ... Tail Gunner (uncredited)
Gerald Harper ... RAF Officer (uncredited)
Arthur Howard ... RAF Pay Clerk In NAAFI (uncredited)
Lloyd Lamble ... Collins (uncredited)
Philip Latham ... Flight Sergeant (uncredited)
Jack McNaughton ... Waiter (uncredited)
Nina Parry ... Barnes Wallace's Daughter (uncredited)
Edwin Richfield ... RAF Officer (uncredited)