'Juno Selects: Conflict Of Wings'
(John Gregson, Muriel Pavlow, Kieron Moore, Niall MacGinnis, Harry Fowler, et al / DVD / NR / (1954) 2019 / MVD Visual)
Overview: A small Norfolk village is outraged when it is discovered that government agency proposes to take over the nearby Island of Children, a bird sanctuary, to use as a military firing range.
A struggle of wills begins between the authorities and the villagers, who resort to a variety of ways to prevent damage to the historic island.
DVD Verdict: 'Conflict Of Wings' (aka Fuss Over Feathers') is a splendidly English premise where local villagers take on the might of the Royal Air Force over nesting birds.
Still living on the goodwill engendered by its heroics in the recent war, the R.A.F.by 1954 had become involved in less immediate conflicts in Asia that only the unfortunate National Servicemen felt any impact from.
Back home with rationing being gradually phased out most people wanted to get on with life as best they could, respecting the Armed Forces, certainly, but with an increasing sense of England's waning influence on world affairs.
Against this background, 'Conflict Of Wings' portrays the people of the beautiful county of Norfolk as Animal Rights activists well before their time.
The fundamentally decent Air Force personnel are cast as the not-very-bad, er, well, bad guys using an area frequented by nesting birds as a firing range.
The film makes its point quite gently with excellent performances in the British tradition and a wonderful support cast including ex-RAF pilot Humphrey Lestocq at the time a huge star on BBC children's' TV 'Whirligig' as stooge to a puppet called Mr. Turnip!
"H.L.", as he was known, also had a brief career as a sub-Kenneth More type before Mr. More himself took over the roles Lestocq might have taken.
So, in closing, if you love that quintessentially English county of Norfolk the fine Eastman color (which was actually a company run by my Grandfather back in the day!) cinematography of its beautiful northern coast will thoroughly enchant you here in 'Conflict Of Wings.' This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.