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Clouds Over Europe (1939)
"Q Planes" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Mystery  -  20 June 1939 (USA)
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Lighthearted romp of a pre-war spy story: quirky British secret service man finds out who's using a secret weapon to steal experimental planes.

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George Curzon ...
George Merritt ...
Mr. Barrett
Gus McNaughton ...
Blenkinsop, Hammond's Butler
David Tree ...
R. Mackenzie
Sandra Storme ...
Daphne
Hay Petrie ...
Stage Door Keeper
Frank Fox ...
Karl
George Butler ...
Air Marshal Gosport
Gordon McLeod ...
The Baron
John Longden ...
John Peters, a Pilot (as John Longdon)
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Experimental aircraft of several countries are mysteriously vanishing during test flights over the sea. The latest is British, and Hammond of the Secret Service, comical but competent, investigates undercover. Also interested is waitress Kay, a disguised reporter...and Hammond's sister. The government and plane manufacturer Barrett think the whole business is just coincidence, but the 'Viking,' ostensible salvage ship controlled by a Foreign Power, has much to do with it... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Clouds Over Europe  »

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The destroyer sent to intercept the SS Viking is the HMS Echo (H23). This was one of 9 E class destroyers of the Royal Navy. She was launched in 1934. During the Second World War she sank a U boat in 1943 and was transferred to the Greek Navy in 1944. See more »

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When Jenkins is shot, the windows are closed we also do not hear the sound of breaking glass). But when Hammond gets to his body, the window is wide open. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Barrett: Alright! Alright! Will you as a personal favour take that plane up?
Tony McVane: Well of course I will, you parboiled, pudding-minded, myopic deadhead!
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Title Music
(uncredited)
from The Private Life of the Gannets (1934)
Music by Muir Mathieson
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Heaps of fun
19 February 2004 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

The young Oliver and Richardson -- especially Richardson -- are obviously having a ball in this mix of spies, high adventure, and tongue in cheek comedy According to Michael Powell, the two stars tore up the script, and devised their own scenes, and the pleasure they have in sending up the material, and in each other's work, shines through. (In fact, once or twice, Oliver seems to be trying not to crack up at Richardson's antics.) Patrick Macnee says he based The Avengers' John Steed on Richardson's character in this film, and that, too, shows. Thrills, spills,secret rays, gags and eccentric British characters, and villains from a country suspiciously reminiscent of Germany, but not named in 1938.


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