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Clouds Over Europe (1939)

Q Planes (original title)
Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 20 June 1939 (USA)
A quirky British secret service man named Major Hammond tries to discover who is using a secret weapon to steal experimental planes.

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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>

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20 June 1939 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Patrick Macnee admitted that his famous portrayal of John Steed in The Avengers (1961) was, in many respects, based upon Ralph Richardson's performance as Major Charles Hammond in this film. See more »

Goofs

Early into the film, a map is shown, depicting Europe where the planes have vanished. As Ralph Richardson points, Los Angles is mentioned, right over where Germany is. It's obvious that a second map has been placed over another map, for where Germany ought to be is a huge body of water. 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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Opening Music
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from The Squeaker (1937)
Music by Miklós Rózsa
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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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