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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 ...
Air Marshal W. A. Bishop (as Air Marshal W.A. Bishop)
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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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Shadows of Their Wings  »

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| (Turner library print)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The air training school outdoor scenes were filmed at the Royal Canadian Air Force base Trenton, near Belleville, Ontario. Actual pilot trainees and staff served as extras in the film. The training aircraft used were North American Harvards, which were a Canadian version of the NA At-6 Texan trainer. The Silver trainers shown in flight, are North American NA-64 "Yale" trainers. They look very similar to the later North American AT-6 "Harvard", but have fixed landing gear with fairings, and the fuselage was fabric covered. 119 were delivered to the RCAF of which approximately 30 are still in existence. See more »

Goofs

The film plays a recording of Churchill's famous 'We shall fight on the beaches' speech as the characters listen to it. But while Churchill did make the speech to the House of Commons in June of 1940, it was not broadcast at the time. The text appeared in newspapers and excerpts were read on the radio by a BBC announcer. The speech heard in the movie was 're-enacted' by Churchill nine years after that date. So the characters would not have been able to hear Churchill give the speech himself. 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 »

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(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Bob Haggart
Played on the radio in Willie's restaurant
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formulaic and, at times dopey, but still a lot of fun
24 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

Okay, I'll admit that this film is NOT Shakespeare! In fact, at times the plot is VERY VERY formulaic and silly but somehow the overall package is still quite entertaining.

Jimmy Cagney is the main lead of the film, though it actually has an ensemble cast consisting of Dennis Morgan and other Warner Brothers regulars. And unfortunately, the worst part of this film is Cagney's character, as he plays essentially the exact same character he played in so many Warner films. You know,...the brash and obnoxious guy who seems greatly in need of a comeuppance (such as in THE FIGHTING 69th and MANY other films). It's too bad, as the rest of the plot is very very good and this is a wonderful propaganda film meant to bolster support for the war. In fact, the more I think about it, Cagney's character and how it was written so derivatively is the only real problem in the film. It's a shame really, as apart from this the acting is excellent and the Technicolor scenes of the Canadian wilderness and flying are beautiful.


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