6.6/10
472
14 user 10 critic

Clouds Over Europe (1939)

Q Planes (original title)
Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 20 June 1939 (USA)
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.

Directors:

, (uncredited)

Writers:

(original story), (original story) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

After Larry Darrent accidentally kills his lover's blackmailing husband, someone else is arrested for the crime. When he is found guilty, Larry and Wanda have just three weeks together ... See full summary »

Director: Basil Dean
Stars: Vivien Leigh, Leslie Banks, Laurence Olivier
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Divorce lawyer Everard Logan thinks the woman who spent the night in his hotel room is the erring wife of his new client.

Director: Tim Whelan
Stars: Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, Binnie Barnes
Drama | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A duke usurps his brother's land and power, banishing him and his retinue into the forest of Arden. The banished duke's daughter, Rosalind, remains with her cousin Celia. She has fallen in ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Czinner
Stars: Elisabeth Bergner, Laurence Olivier, Sophie Stewart
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young couple decide to marry under the condition that they agree never to disagree. That agreement is soon put to the test when the husband finds himself attracted to a beautiful young woman.

Director: Cyril Gardner
Stars: Gloria Swanson, Laurence Olivier, John Halliday
Adventure | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Queen Elizabeth is running this show. The men in her court should be thinking about how to add to the glory of the Elizabethan Age and how to foil those pesky Spanish who got far too much ... See full summary »

Director: William K. Howard
Stars: Laurence Olivier, Flora Robson, Vivien Leigh
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Jerry and Cass have always been competitive. Now that Cass is a well respected Naval aviator like his father, Jerry leaves the submarine service to become a flying cadet with Class 61 at ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: George Brent, Olivia de Havilland, John Payne
The Lodger (1944)
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A landlady suspects her new lodger is Jack the Ripper.

Director: John Brahm
Stars: Laird Cregar, Merle Oberon, George Sanders
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Ivan Kouznetsoff, a Russian engineer, recounts during World War II his stay in England prior to the war working on a new propeller for ice-breaking ships. Naïve about British people and ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Asquith
Stars: Laurence Olivier, Penelope Dudley-Ward, Marjorie Fielding
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Alexander Korda's bit for the British war effort shows the world both at peace and on the verge of Nazi domination. Spliced together to form a documentary style film of both newsreel and ... See full summary »

Directors: Adrian Brunel, Brian Desmond Hurst, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Merle Oberon, Ralph Richardson, June Duprez
Comedy | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The Lone Wolf tracks down Nazi spies in London during the German bombing.

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Warren William, Eric Blore, Hillary Brooke
Mr. Lucky (1943)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A gambler has plans to swindle money from a charity program, but starts to have second thoughts when he falls for a rich society girl.

Director: H.C. Potter
Stars: Cary Grant, Laraine Day, Charles Bickford
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A struggling writer divorces his wife to pursue his career without interference, but they meet in Europe years later after she has remarried.

Director: Robert Milton
Stars: Ann Harding, Laurence Olivier, Zasu Pitts
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
Kay
George Curzon ...
George Merritt ...
Gus McNaughton ...
Blenkinsop
David Tree ...
Mackenzie
Sandra Storme ...
Daphne
Hay Petrie ...
Stage Door Keeper
Frank Fox ...
Karl
George Butler ...
Air Marshall Gosport
Gordon McLeod ...
The Baron
...
Peters (as John Longdon)
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

See the star of hit "Wuthering Heights"...in a thrill packed romantic drama!


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

20 June 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Clouds Over Europe  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Several scenes were filmed at Brooklands - the Clubhouse and the banking are clearly visible. When the Ministry Dragon Rapide comes into land, a Wellington is just visible in the background. The test plane appears to be an Airspeed Oxford; other planes were Tiger Moths and Gypsy Moths, and possibly a Bristol Fighter (just the engine and propeller are seen). See more »

Goofs

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!
See more »

Soundtracks

Titles
(uncredited)
from Murder on Diamond Row (1937)
Music by Miklós Rózsa
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Who Is Stealing The Airships of Great Britain?
6 June 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Some 20 years before Ian Fleming started writing about these things, it's nice to know that the British Secret Service was on the job and apprehending spies and saboteurs even if they're a bit slow to catch on at times.

With a little inside help from the air plant, some Teutonic looking gentleman have perfected a ray that immobilizes airships and brings them down real nice on the ocean. No trace of about four warships has been found at all or their crews. It's of concern to test pilot Laurence Olivier, to British agent Ralph Richardson, and to news reporter Valerie Hobson.

Hobson and Richardson are brother and sister. As you can imagine his job involves secrecy and undercover work and Hobson's from the Lois Lane school of journalism. Family dinners must really be something in that family. She also falls for Olivier while she's undercover working as a waitress at a coffee shop near the plane factory.

Q Planes must have been seen as wildly fantastic by the 1939 audience, but two generations who saw Sean Connery and Roger Moore engage in even wilder derring-do than is shown in this film, would regard Q Planes as all in a day's work.

Olivier and Hobson are fine, but Richardson steals the film whenever he's on screen. Q Planes will never be ranked as in the top 10 of any of these players, but it's a nice breezy espionage comedy/drama made a lot better by some of the greatest thespian talent in the English speaking world of the last century.


14 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Olivier and Richardson Together! Sproketer
FWIW, now streaming on Hulu + in the Criterion Collection trevor88-1
TCM Print Seems Time Compressed Sproketer
What type and make of airplanes? swojtak
Discuss Clouds Over Europe (1939) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?