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Malta Story
   

Courtesy of the BFI

Brian returned to Malta in 1952 after a 37 year break. His previous visit was as a private with the 6th (Service) Battalion Royal Irish Rifles whilst in transit to Gallipoli (see First World War Section). Brian initially declined the offer to make Malta Story but was persuaded to make the film by his mentor John Ford. Brian was told it was right up his street.   

Malta Story is a gripping account of an island under siege and helps to show the courage of the people of Malta, the RAF, The Navy and Merchant Navy in surviving one of the most bombed places in the Second World War.

In addition to footage shot on the Island and in studios the film includes footage of actual dogfights and bombing from the Second World War that is neatly cut into the film. The entrance of the "Ohio" into the Harbour and the images and dialogue is possibly one of the finest tributes to the Merchant Navy that you will ever see in a film. Surely this is one of the top ten moments in British Second World War cinema?

Enroute to Cairo, Flight Lt. Peter Ross stops in Malta, where his plane is destroyed in an air-raid. As a result, he finds himself attached to a photographic reconnaissance unit on the embattled island.

As you will see when you watch the film, it is a desperate situation and the Island of Malta is dangerously short of all supplies. If Malta falls, the island will become a stepping stone for the German war machine. Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins and Anthony Steel star in this action packed film that vividly recounts one of World War Two's most important campaigns- the Malta Story.

   
Starring: Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Anthony Steel, Flora Robson, Murial Pavlow
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Malta Story: Crowd Scene Outside Bombed Opera House

 

Brian, Sir Alec Guinness and Murial Pavlow discuss one of the classic scenes in the film just before the shoot - Photo courtesy of the BFI

Brian recreates the crowd gathering at the harbour to witness the Ohio limping in to the Harbour with vital supplies of fuel for the Island - Courtesy of the Allan Smith Collection

   
Malta Story Video Cover
 
   

Murial Pavlow

Jack and Doreen Hawkins

 

Murial Pavlow in the scene at the end of the film where she returns to the rock where she and Peter Ross (Alec Guinness) had fallen in love- Photo courtesy of ITV Studios Global Entertainment

Jack and Doreen Hawkins take a stroll in Malta during a relaxing break in an otherwise hectic filming schedule - Photo courtesy of ITV Studios Global Entertainment

 
   

 

   

 

Spitfire used in Malta Story (1953) - Photo courtesy of ITV Studios Global Entertainment

 
   
 
Opening four minutes from Malta Story featuring Sir Alec Guinness - Courtesy of ITV Studios Global Entertainment
 
   

Murial Pavlow

Brian sets up a scene with Murial Pavlow

 

Murial Pavlow takes a break from filming in Malta - Copyright © the Murial Pavlow Collection

Brian (white baseball cap) sets up the "rock scene" - Photo courtesy of the BFI

 
     
 
     

 
Courtesy of the Allan Smith Collection
Courtesy of the Allan Smith Collection  
     
 
Courtesy of the Allan Smith Collection
Courtesy of the Allan Smith Collection  
     

 
Courtesy of the Allan Smith Collection
Courtesy of the Allan Smith Collection  
 
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