The Blue Max

Synopsis: The tactics of a German fighter pilot offend his aristocratic comrades but win him his country's most honored medal, the Blue Max. The General finds him useful as a hero even though his wife also finds him useful as a love object. In the end the General arranges for him to test-fly an untried fighter.
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Director(s): John Guillermin
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
  Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 5 nominations.
156 min

Out of the way! Clear the way!

Move! Move!

That was a full bottle, Herr Leutnant.


- You've just met Willi von Klugermann.

- Yes.

- I see you've heard of him.

- Oh, yes, I have.

- You must be...

- He's tearing the wings off.

Let him celebrate, Ziegel.

He shoots them down.

Yourjob is to keep him up there.

You must be the new replacement, Stachel.

Bruno Stachel, Herr Oberleutnant.

Are you the adjutant?

I fly a desk now.

Anti-aircraft fire.

Still, it could have got me

higher up, couldn't it?


Wait here. I'll tell the CO you've arrived.

And if I were you, I'd button up thatjacket.

Ziegel, how soon can you

have us ready again?

Depends on how many

of the others have been hit.

I wasn't the only one.

I can't keep these barges flying for ever.

I'm not a magician.

No, Ziegel, you are a magician

whether you like it or not.

- Only 11 back, Herr Hauptmann.

- Yes. Mueller went down.

He didn't last long.

Fabian, how did we come to lose him?

I gave him the usual instructions, Herr

Hauptmann, but he wouldn't stay with me.

Too, uh, too keen.

Oh, by the way, Scholte's replacement's here.

Leutnant Bruno Stachel reporting

from 104 training school.

Your commanding officer,

Hauptmann Heidemann.

Ah, yes. Stachel. Come inside.

Herr Hauptmann.

- Stachel?

- Yes, sir.

Two years in the infantry. Any rank?

Corporal, Herr Hauptmann.

What made you transfer to the air corps?

To fly, Herr Hauptmann.

Are you a good flier?

I'm... comfortable in the air.

Comfortable. Are you? Interesting.



Very pretty flying.

I wish you would stop it. You'll live longer.

Sorry about that.

I see you are from Wiesbaden.

I've done some hunting round there.

- Who are your people?

- Herr Hauptmann?

I want to know something of your

background. What does your father do?

He works in a small hotel, Herr Hauptmann.

Five bedrooms.

Corporal, see the new officer's bags

are taken to the mess.

Herr Hauptmann.

Come into my office, Stachel.

Close the door, please.

I'm sorry if it bothers you

about what your father does.

It doesn't bother me, Herr Hauptmann.

Then why are you so touchy about it?

Well, you're an officer now.

Your social problems are no concern of ours.

Take a look at the map, Stachel.

Our operating area is between

Arras and St-Quentin.

The British also operate the area...

as you'll find out.

What did you train on?

The usual machine, Herr Hauptmann.

An out-of-date Pfalz.

That's what you'll fly here, too.

- But at flying school they told us...

- Flying school.

At flying school they'll tell you anything.

Up-to-date machines go

to experienced pilots.

Both are in short supply.

- It's a cruel worid, Stachel.

- Yes, Herr Hauptmann.

Welcome to the squadron. The truck

will take you to the mess with the others.

And Stachel?

Let's hope you get to like us.

He could have been lying

about the five bedrooms.

- His father was probably only a waiter.

- Just another snob, in fact.

Willi, there's something I haven't told you.

I have an uncle in the hotel business.

I admit he's a baron,

and the hotel has 500 bedrooms,

but you do see the position it places me in.

# There was a town in Poland

# And there a girl we found

# Lovely...

- Want a cigarette?

- Thank you.

# She was the loveliest maid

that ever we beheld

# But "Do not kiss me, please" she said

# "I never kiss"

You've got 18, haven't you?

Squadron rule number one, Stachel.

Gentlemen never parade

their military achievements.

Any rule against saying

how long it took you?

I would say that was covered

by the same rule, wouldn't you?

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David Pursall

David spent his early life in Erdington (England), the son of an accountant; he was always interested in writing and had two murder mystery novels published by the time he was sixteen. So, on leaving school, he took an apprenticeship as a journalist and became a reporter working on a local Birmingham newspaper. His ambition was to move to London to work on a national newspaper but with the threat of war looming, he joined the Royal Service Voluntary Reserve of the Fleet Air Arm as a trainee pilot before taking an officer's course at The Greenwich Naval College. During the Second World War he spent the first three years flying, winning a DSC for bravery and then transferred to the Admiralty Press Division. It was whilst he was stationed in Sydney that he met Captain Anthony Kimmins, the well-known broadcaster on naval affairs, who inspired him to work in the film industry. In 1947, settling in London, he eventually landed a post as Publicity Director for The Rank Organization and, in collaboration with the iconic portrait photographer Cornel Lucas, handled the press relations for Rank film stars, some of those he mentioned include : Jean Simmons, Petula Clark, Diana Dors, Joan Collins, Jill Ireland and Brigitte Bardot. In 1956, he joined forces with long term writing partner Jack Seddon, basing full time at Pinewood Studios, initially writing a script from his own idea Tomorrow Never Comes (1978). However, the plot was considered too provocative at that time and it was whilst trying to interest producers in this, that David and Jack were commissioned to write the script for Count Five and Die (1957); and it took twenty-one years' before Tomorrow Never Comes (1978), was made. Continuing later as a freelance film and TV scriptwriter, David worked mainly on war and murder mystery themes; his last movie made for TV was Black Arrow in 1985, a 15th century historical war drama. He worked constantly, and together with the titles listed, there were many more commissioned scripts, treatments, and original stories developed which never reached the sound stage. He also tried his hand at writing for the theatre, worked for a short time in Bollywood, took his tape recorder to the front line in Israel for a documentary on the Six Day War, and later became a Film and TV adviser; he also continued to write newspaper articles. David lived the good life; a popular, charismatic conversationalist, an idea's man, who enjoyed travelling the world circumnavigating twice, partying, theatergoing, watching night shooting at Pinewood Studios, finishing The Daily Telegraph cryptic crossword daily and driving fast cars; as well as helping the aspiring young achieve success in their careers in film and the media. Aged 69, he announced from his hospital bed, that as he'd written everything there was to write, it was his time to go. He left behind a devoted wife and a daughter. more…

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