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Captains of the Clouds (1942)

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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:
Johnny Dutton
Emily Foster
'Tiny' Murphy
Blimp Lebec
Scrounger Harris
W.A. Bishop ...
Himself (as Air Marshal W.A. Bishop)
Commanding Officer
Russell Arms ...
Louis 'Alabama' Prentiss
Group Captain
Sam 'Store-Teeth' Morrison
J.M. Kerrigan ...
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Dr. Neville (as J. Farrell Macdonald)
Patrick O'Moore ...
Morton Lowry ...


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 <>

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Release Date:

21 February 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Capitanes de las nubes  »

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| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This was the first Hollywood picture to be filmed entirely on location in Canada. See more »


When Johnny is watching the troops march past the Parliament Buildings on Wellington Street he turns and sees the front of the War Memorial which is only visible from Elgin Street to the south. See more »


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 »


The Thin Red Line
(1925) (uncredited)
Music by Kenneth Alford
Played by the RCAF band at the Uplands wings ceremony
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The setting of part of this movie
7 January 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

  • Having grown up in North Bay Ontario Canada, I would like to point

out that the first part of Captains of the Clouds was set on Trout Lake near North Bay . The Actors stayed at The Empire Hotel in North Bay.

All of the people of North Bay were excited about this movie and many of us crowded around the entrance to the Hotel and every other place the Stars were sighted. It was certainly a memorable time for the residents of North Bay!! There are more details I would love to add but at this point I would like to ask if there are any reviews that include ALL the areas where Captains of the Clouds was set? Thank you.

Patricia Kennedy

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