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Journey Together

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Journey Together
Directed byJohn Boulting
Written byJohn Boulting
Terence Rattigan
Produced byJohn Boulting
StarringRichard Attenborough
Jack Watling
Edward G. Robinson
John Justin
David Tomlinson
CinematographyHarry Waxman
Edited byReginald Beck
Music byGordon Jacob
Distributed byRKO Pictures
Release dates
  • 1 October 1945 (1945-10-01) (UK)
  • 3 March 1946 (1946-03-03) (U.S.)
Running time
95 minutes (UK version)
80 minutes (U.S. version)
CountryUnited Kingdom

Journey Together is a 1945 British drama war film directed by John Boulting and starring Richard Attenborough, Jack Watling, John Justin and Edward G. Robinson.[1] It is Boulting's film directorial debut. The film was produced by the Royal Air Force Film Production Unit. Noted dramatist Terence Rattigan, then a Royal Air Force Flight Lieutenant, was posted in 1943 to the RAF Film Production Unit to work on The Way to the Stars and Journey Together.[2]

Attenborough and Watling are the two RAF aircrew cadets the story revolves around, while Robinson and Justin play the instructors for the fledgling pilots. In the story, two Englishmen become friends while serving with the Royal Air Force, ending with a bombing raid on Berlin. The plot emphasises the importance of team work in a bomber crew and the important role of the navigator.

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Two RAF aircrew cadets, David Wilton and John Aynesworth, become friends. A friendly rivalry develops between the two when they both enter pilot training and it ends in a bet over who will become the better pilot. They pass their initial training and are sent to the United States for more advanced instruction. Once there, it becomes clear that Wilton, while he is otherwise a good pilot, cannot land a plane properly. Wilton is devastated and the feeling worsens when he sees that Aynesworth is a natural pilot. While Aynesworth proceeds with his pilot's training, Wilton is sent to Canada to be trained as a navigator instead.

Wilton turns out to be a good navigator but he shows no enthusiasm for his training. Then, on a practice flight, the pilot, who is also one of the instructors and is aware of his attitude, secretly simulates an emergency situation to show Wilton the importance of the role of the navigator. After graduating, Wilton is posted to a squadron in Britain but his reputation has followed him. Eventually, he replaces an injured navigator on Aynesworth's flight crew on a bombing operation but their welcome is lukewarm. As they complete the bombing mission, the plane is hit and begins to lose fuel; when they have to ditch in the North Sea, Wilton must demonstrate everything he has learned and quickly communicate their position to base. It turns out that he has perfectly calculated their position and the rescue plane easily finds them. The crew decide they'd like to keep him.



The opening credits state that the film was "Written, Produced, Directed, Photographed, and Acted by members of the Royal Air Force". The closing cast list also includes other Allied services personnel.

Richard Attenborough, the picture's lead, was 22 years old at the time of filming.


According to Kinematograph Weekly, the film performed well at the British box office in 1945.[4]


  1. ^ "Journey Together (1945)". BFI. Archived from the original on 3 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Looking for Flying Officer Rattigan, Group Captain Clive Montellier RAF, 2013" (PDF). The Terence Rattigan Society. Retrieved 3 November 2021.
  3. ^ Gifford, Denis, ed. (1 April 2016). British Film Catalogue. Vol. 2. Routledge. p. 530. ISBN 978-1-317-74063-6.
  4. ^ Murphy, Robert (2 September 2003). Realism and Tinsel: Cinema and Society in Britain 1939–48. Routledge. p. 208. ISBN 978-1-134-90150-0.

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