School for Danger (1947)

Genres - Action, Drama, Spy Film, War  |   Sub-Genres - Docudrama, Resistance Film, War Drama  |   Run Time - 68 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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Real-life wartime secret agents Captain Harry Ree and Jacqueline Nearne play themselves in the British School for Danger. The film restages Ree and Nearne's exploits with the French resistance during World War 2. In true "now it can be told" fashion, the film reveals the various sabotage techniques deployed by the two agents, and details their grueling training process. Since the film was not made by professional moviemakers (it was directed by Wing Commander Edward Baird, who though undeniably a heroic aviator was no David Lean), suspense and story construction is noticeably lacking in School for Danger. The fillm works best on a documentary level.

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war, agent [representative], occupation [military], parachute, resistance, sabotage