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Director:
Writers:
Arthur T. Horman (story) and
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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:
formulaic and, at times dopey, but still a lot of fun 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)
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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)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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Trivia:
MacLean's aircraft, CF-HGO in the scenes, was a Noorduyn Norseman, Johnny Dutton's silver CF-NBP was an actual Fairchild 71C bush plane, and the other float planes were a Waco EGC-7 and Waco AGC-8 cabin aircraft.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the bombers are being ferried to England and MacLean spots the enemy aircraft high on the port side and flying against the group. A following shot shows the Messerschmidt on the starboard side and flying in the same direction as the group.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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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
formulaic and, at times dopey, but still a lot of fun, 24 May 2006
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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