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Captains of the Clouds (1942)

 -  Action | Drama | War  -  21 February 1942 (USA)
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Inspired by Churcill's Dunkirk speech, brash, undisciplined bush pilot Brian MacLean and three friends enlist in the RCAF but are deemed too old to be fliers.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Brian MacLean
Dennis Morgan ...
Johnny Dutton
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Emily Foster
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'Tiny' Murphy
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Blimp Lebec
Reginald Gardiner ...
Scrounger Harris
W.A. Bishop ...
Himself (as Air Marshal W.A. Bishop)
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Commanding Officer
Russell Arms ...
Louis 'Alabama' Prentiss
Paul Cavanagh ...
Group Captain
Clem Bevans ...
Sam 'Store-Teeth' Morrison
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Foster
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Dr. Neville (as J. Farrell Macdonald)
Patrick O'Moore ...
Fyffe
Morton Lowry ...
Carmichael
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Storyline

Brian McLean is a ruthless bush-pilot in Canada. He offers some other pilots an opportunity of earning a lot of money, but he marries the girl-friend of one of them. After listening to Churchill's famous "Blood, Sweat and tears" radio address he and some other pilots decide to join the RCAF - and his superior is always the pilot who's girlfriend he has married. Due to this and the fact, that McLean doesn't like to obey he gets troubles. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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21 February 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Capitanes de las nubes  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

John Gillespie Magee, Jr., author of the famous poem, "High Flight," had trained at Uplands. Magee had graduated just a few weeks prior to the commencement of shooting and was on his way to England when the cameras rolled. See more »

Goofs

The flag observed flying at the "backwoods" settlement, and being displayed on the walls in side the pub are the British Union Jack. They should have displayed the Canadian Flag, which until 1965 was a red flag with the British Union Jack in the upper left hand corner, and the full color crest of the Canadian Dominion in the lower 1/3 of the right side. See more »

Quotes

Emily Foster: Hey! What brought you back?
Brian MacLean: A whim.
Emily Foster: Well you can keep on going.
Brian MacLean: Oh you don't know me. I have a whim of iron!
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Crazy Credits

Sincere appreciation is expressed to Major the Honorable C.G. Power P.C., M.C., Minister of National Defence for Air (Canada) and to Air Marshal L.S. Breadner D.S.C., Chief of the Air Staff, Royal Canadian Air Force, without whose authority and generous co-operation this picture would not have been brought to its splendid conclusion. We also wish to express our thanks to Air Marshal Bishop, V.C. and other officers and men of the R.C.A.F. who, in the making of the picture, are portrayed in the actual performance of their regular duties. See more »

Soundtracks

There'll Always Be an England
(uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Ross Parker and Hugh Charles
Sung a cappella by Reginald Gardiner
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Oh, Canada!
27 January 2008 | by (Austin, Texas) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite films, but not because of Cagney or Morgan. Brenda Marshall is the jewel in this picture's crown. She provides the blue-jean wearing, North Country beauty in the film and drives the fly-boys crazy. Marshall, who bears a resemblance to Madolyn Smith Osborne, wants to get to the big city regardless of how she gets there. The resulting competition among pilots keeps the story line from being completely aviation oriented. This is a good look at Canadian bush aviation in the 1930's and the cast is excellent. As with all films of this period, airplanes are shown doing things that are aerodynamically impossible, but it doesn't take away from the picture. There are even early aeromedical ideas about how G-forces affect the human body. Filmed entirely on location in Canada, much of the scenery is stunningly beautiful. Canadian politics are even slipped in during graduation ceremony when Air Marshal Bishop refers to pilots from "loyal Quebec." All in all a fun film.


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