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Captains of the Clouds (1942)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 21 February 1942 (USA)
Inspired by Churchill'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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W.A. Bishop ...
Himself (as Air Marshal W.A. Bishop)
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Commanding Officer
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Louis 'Alabama' Prentiss
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Group Captain
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Sam 'Store-Teeth' Morrison
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Foster
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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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Action | Drama | War

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21 February 1942 (USA)  »

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Shadows of Their Wings  »

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| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Fairchild 71C that appeared in the movie was actually CF-ATZ. It crashed near Great Slave Lake in 1949, was hauled out in 1981, restored and is now in the Alberta Aviation Museum in Edmonton AB Canada. See more »

Goofs

At the end of one of the early scenes shot at a dock, the blurry image of an insect can be seen walking across the lens right to left. See more »

Quotes

Francis Patrick 'Tiny' Murphy: You know MacLean?
Scrounger Harris: Yeah, I've met him, but I don't like him.
Blimp Lebec: You don't like him? You should know how I don't like him!
Brian MacLean: And why do you say that? You know, I've always been very happy to see you. Look at Tiny. He never used to like me. Now he hates me.
[to Willie]
Brian MacLean: Willie!
Willie: Hello! Happy landings!
Francis Patrick 'Tiny' Murphy: [to Blimp and Scrounger] Oh, come on and sit down. Come on, come on here.
[to Willie]
Francis Patrick 'Tiny' Murphy: Listen, Willie, we want four black coffees and some cake.
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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

Bless 'em All
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Written by Fred Godfrey (1917)
Revised lyrics by Jimmy Hughes and Frank Lake (1940)
Additional lyrics by Al Stillman (1941)
Played on piano by Harry Seymour and sung by him, James Cagney, Alan Hale and others
Danced by James Cagney and Alan Hale
Reprised a cappella by Alan Hale
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Technicolor Cagney
25 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

Captains of the Clouds (1943)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Extremely exciting actioneer from Warner about a bush pilot (James Cagney) who pisses everyone off and then joins the Canadian Air Force to train pilots for battle in WW2. Top-notch acting, incredibly flight sequences and an all around good story makes this a wonderful little gem that really sticks out from the various war films produced in this era. I've had the chance to see this movie countless times over the years but kept pushing it back and I'm really kicking myself for doing that. The love triangle between Cagney, Dennis Morgan and Brenda Marshall is very well handled and doesn't come off simply as formula melodrama. This mixes in well when we hit the action stuff and the reasoning behind the constant battle between Cagney and Morgan. The entire cast does a great job in their roles and this includes the three leads as well as Alan Hale and George Tobias. The flight sequences are incredibly impressive and the ending is packed with intense action. The Technicolor (Cagney's first) also benefits the film greatly with all the beautiful locations and it really brings the blues out of the skies. The film was certainly made to be patriotic and it pulls that off extremely well with the ending.


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