Middle Course

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The Middle Course
"The Middle Course" (1961).jpg
Original British quad poster
Directed by Montgomery Tully
Written by Brian Clemens
Produced by
Cinematography James Wilson (as Jimmy Wilson)
Edited by Bill Lewthwaite
Music by Bill LeSage
Distributed by United Artists Corporation (UK)
Release date
Running time
59 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Middle Course is a low budget 1961 British war film. [1]



During World War II, a Canadian pilot crash lands in a small French village occupied by German forces. The villagers find a useful ally in the young flyer, but the Germans become anxious to eliminate the force behind the strengthened local resistance.


Critical reception

TV Guide called the film "a predictable type of war drama that went out of fashion in the US ten years before this was made, but probably will always be resurrected in a nation that suffered so much at the time." [2]

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  1. "The Middle Course (1961)". BFI. Archived from the original on 14 January 2009.
  2. "The Middle Course". TVGuide.com.