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Director:
Writers:
Arthur T. Horman (story) and
Roland Gillett (story) ...
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Release Date:
21 February 1942 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
User Reviews:
Bishop & Cagney - Together! See more (23 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Cagney ... Brian MacLean
Dennis Morgan ... Johnny Dutton

Brenda Marshall ... Emily Foster

Alan Hale ... 'Tiny' Murphy

George Tobias ... Blimp Lebec
Reginald Gardiner ... Scrounger Harris
W.A. Bishop ... Himself (as Air Marshal W.A. Bishop)

Reginald Denny ... 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
Owen Cathcart-Jones ... Chief Flying Instructor (as S/L O. Cathcart-Jones)
Frederick Worlock ... President of court-martial
Roland Drew ... Officer
Lucia Carroll ... Blonde
George Meeker ... Playboy
Benny Baker ... Popcorn Kearns

Hardie Albright ... Kingsley
Ray Walker ... Mason
Charles Halton ... Supt. Nolan
Louis Jean Heydt ... Provost Marshal

Gig Young ... Student Pilot (as Byron Barr)
Tod Andrews ... Student Pilot (as Michael Ames)
Willie Fung ... Willie
Carl Harbord ... Blake
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
P.G. Abercrombie ... Flying Instructor (uncredited)
Lane Allan ... Canadian (uncredited)
Sam Ault ... L.A.C. Grove - Texan (uncredited)
Barry Bernard ... Gilbert (uncredited)
Wing Commander Brian ... Wing Commander (uncredited)
Walter Brooke ... Duty Officer (uncredited)
James Bush ... Sergeant Pilot (uncredited)
Joseph Carr ... Man (uncredited)
James Craven ... Instructor (uncredited)
Charles De Ravenne ... French Canadian (uncredited)
Leslie Denison ... Flight Lieutenant (uncredited)
Don Dillaway ... Instructor (uncredited)
Tom Dugan ... Bartender (uncredited)
Dave Duncan ... Sergeant-Major (uncredited)
Flying Officer Evans ... Flying Officer (uncredited)
Gerald Fielding ... Flight Lt. Holt (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Drill Sergeant (uncredited)
John Gallaudet ... Colby (uncredited)
Squadron Leader Greene ... Squadron Leader (uncredited)
Herbert Gunn ... Aircraftsman (uncredited)
Tom Hamilton ... Man (uncredited)
Winifred Harris ... Red Cross Collector (uncredited)
John Hartley ... Cranbrook (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Man Entering Hotel (uncredited)
J. Anthony Hughes ... Hunter - RCAF Applicant (uncredited)
Jack Hyde ... Man (uncredited)
Ellis Irving ... Commanding Officer (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ... Chief Ground Instructor (uncredited)
John Kellogg ... Aircraftsman Lawrence (uncredited)
Frank Lackteen ... Indian at Foster's (uncredited)

Harry Lewis ... Mr. Burton - RCAF Applicant (uncredited)

Miles Mander ... Winston S. Churchill (voice) (uncredited)
Anthony Marsh ... Officer (uncredited)
Edward McNamara ... Man Buying Dog Team (uncredited)
Ray Montgomery ... Aircraftsman Hodges (uncredited)
Will Morgan ... Flying Instructor (uncredited)
Gavin Muir ... Orderly (uncredited)
George Offerman Jr. ... Mechanic (uncredited)
George Ovey ... News Vendor (uncredited)
Henry Rowland ... German Pilot (uncredited)
Harry Seymour ... Piano Player (uncredited)
Charles Smith ... Chateau Laurier Bellboy (uncredited)
Sergeant-Major Spratt ... Sergeant-Major (uncredited)
James Stevens ... Indian (uncredited)
Rafael Storm ... Playboy (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Chateau Laurier Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Mechanic (uncredited)

Frank Wilcox ... Flight Lt. Wood (uncredited)
Billy Wilkerson ... Indian at Foster's (uncredited)
Larry Williams ... Duty Officer (uncredited)
Flying Officer Willis ... Liaison Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Curtiz 
 
Writing credits
Arthur T. Horman (story) and
Roland Gillett (story)

Arthur T. Horman (screenplay) &
Richard Macaulay (screenplay) &
Norman Reilly Raine (screenplay)

Produced by
William Cagney .... associate producer
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Wilfred M. Cline (director of photography)
Sol Polito (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
George Amy 
 
Art Direction by
Ted Smith 
 
Costume Design by
Howard Shoup (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Heath .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
C.A. Riggs .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Byron Haskin .... special effects
Rex Wimpy .... special effects
 
Stunts
Paul Mantz .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Elmer Dyer .... aerial photographer
Winton C. Hoch .... aerial photographer
Charles A. Marshall .... aerial photographer (as Charles Marshall)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Owen Cathcart-Jones .... technical advisor (as Squadron Leader O. Cathcart-Jones)
Frank Clarke .... chief pilot: Warner Bros.
Henri Jaffa .... associate technicolor color director
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Hugh MacMullan .... dialogue director
 
Thanks
W.A. Bishop .... thanks (as Air Marshal Bishop)
L.S. Breadner .... sincere appreciation: Chief of the Air Staff, Royal Canadian Air Force (as Air Marshal L.S. Breadner)
C.G. Power .... sincere appreciation: Minister of National Defence for Air, Canada (as Major the Honorable C.G. Power)
 
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Runtime:
114 min | USA:113 min (Turner library print) | Argentina:113 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
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Mono (RCA Sound System)
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Trivia:
The training facility depicted in the movie, "Uplands Air Base," actually exists near Ottawa, Canada. After WWII, it served as a jet squadron training base and later as a military helicopter transport facility. In 1995, the Canadian government shut down the base and it now serves as a reception area for VIPs.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When "Alabama's" plane is shown on it's way to the bomb range; there are no bombs hanging from the wings in the long shots of the actual aircraft.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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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Bishop & Cagney - Together!, 17 May 2006
Author: animal_8_5 from Dundalk, Canada

A great idea to shoot this picture in Canada AND in colour, as the scenery just wouldn't have had the same impact in black and white. Cagney, as bush pilot Brian McLean, is his typical bad-boy self. Something theater audiences around the world had come to expect. Some favorite lines: "If you're lookin' for me, I'll be the drunkest man in the biggest hotel in Ottawa", "I like to swipe my jobs honestly" or "You worked up enough lather to shave all of Montreal".

The first half of the picture seems to set up the conflict he initiates between he and Dennis Morgan back in the rugged bush country of Northern Ontario, while the second half resolves the conflict through Cagney's humbling. Brenda Marshall is stunning as a manipulative small-town tart. Her good sense, or lack of same, is painfully evident when she begs Morgan to "Please take me to Winnipeg!" I understand a North Bay area woman had the good fortune of doubling for Marshall during the scene where Cagney's plane brushes just above her head, as she waves at him from a haystack.

I got the biggest kick from the scene where Cagney and Hale go on and on about Billy Bishop, who is a native of a city in my local area (Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada). Everyone who grew up in Owen Sound and surrounding Grey County knows the name William Avery "Billy" Bishop, a legendary WWI flying ace, who had been promoted to Air Marshal during WWII. After viewing many still photos and silent films of Bishop, this was my first opportunity to see the man move, walk and talk. When I viewed COTC for the first time, I was stunned to find that the Owen Sound Library didn't yet have a copy of COTC (they assure me this is soon to be remedied), but the Bishop Heritage Museum in his native city definitely does and featured COTC on a "Movie at the Museum" night in early 2006.

To clarify a question by one of the previous reviewers, Air Marshal Bishop's comments to the Texan pilot ("Ahhh Texas! One of our most loyal provinces!") is clearly a joke. Bishop, who appears quite comfortable in front of the camera, was undoubtedly improvising with a little dry Grey County wit. Exhibiting a voice and manner that is a cross between Foster Hewitt and Lester Pearson, how can you deny Mr. Bishop was Canadian! I swore Alan Hale Sr. was going to thwack Cagney with his skipper's hat, he was so similar to his son, Alan Jr. of Gilligan's Island fame and seeing Abner Kravitz (of Bewitched fame) before he hitched up with Gladys is a treat, too. We even get a cameo of the actor who played Mr. Brewster from the Beverly Hillbillies. Some interesting TV connections to this 1942 flick.

The North Bay interest in this Hollywood movie, the first one shot entirely on location in Canada, is well documented. See the several pages on the "miscellaneous" link for this film from the North Bay Nugget. One link, on famous Canadian cartoonist Lynn Johnston's website, claims the flick was shot not far from her art studios on Trout Lake, near Corbeil.

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