Conquest of the Air
|Conquest of the Air|
|Produced by||Alexander Korda|
|Narrated by||Charles Frend|
|Edited by||Peter Bezencenet|
Richard Q. McNaughton
|Music by||Arthur Bliss|
Alexander Korda Productions
|Distributed by||London Films (UK)|
|December 1936 (UK)|
Conquest of the Air is a 1936 documentary film or docudrama on the history of aviation up to that time. The film features historical footage, and dramatic re-creations, of the developments of commercial and military aviation; including the early stages of technology developments in design, propulsion, and air navigation aids. The film was a London Films production, commissioned by the British Air Ministry.
- Frederick Culley as Roger Bacon
- Laurence Olivier as Vincent Lunardi
- Franklin Dyall as Jerome de Ascoli
- Henry Victor as Otto Lilienthal
- Hay Petrie as Tiberius Cavallo
- John Turnbull as Ferdinand Von Zeppelin
- Charles Lefeaux as Louis Bleriot
- Bryan Powley as Sir George Cayley
- Alan Wheatley as Giovanni Alfonso Borelli
- John Abbott as Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier
The film was initially commissioned by Alexander Korda prior to the advent of World War II, and the Air Ministry saw the value in promoting Britain's contribution and leadership in aviation during this period. Some notable footage is featured of the early phases of automated flight, navigational equipment, and the transitions between civil and military developments, including heavy bombers; fast fighter aircraft; and the advent of naval aviation (aircraft carrier), plus the initial experiments with vertical rotary flight (helicopters).
An updated version was released in 1940 and released in the United States on 20 May 1940.
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