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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:
Cagney, a bush pilot 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)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)
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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:
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:
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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Soundtrack:
Danny BoySee more »

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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Cagney, a bush pilot, 23 July 2004
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Watching Captains of the Clouds yesterday, I was struck by the fact that at the time it was made, Canada had no film industry to speak of. If they had I'm sure it would have been a different film.

I yield to no one in my admiration of James Cagney as actor. But quite frankly, he's too urban, too much from the sidewalks of New York to be a convincing Canadian bush pilot. But Brian McLean is a typical cocky Cagney character. So if you can get past Cagney's speech pattern, you'll enjoy the film.

Nice location shooting. I'm not sure where the outdoors stuff was filmed, but it looked convincingly Canadian for me. Shots of Ottawa were blended nicely with back lot studio stuff.

Of the rest of the cast only George Tobias attempts an accent and he's a French Canadien. The rest of the cast does well with old scene stealer Alan Hale leading the pack.

But the official Canadian imprimatur was put on the film because Air Marshal William Bishop appears in it in a scene where graduating fliers are given their wings. For those who don't know, Billy Bishop was the finest of air aces on the Allied side in World War I. He had more confirmed kills than anyone else. He was one of the biggest heroes in Canada at that time and still is held in the highest regard by Canadians.

One thing I am sure though. Billy Bishop may have appeared in the movie, but I can't help thinking he would have much preferred the whole thing be done under Canadian auspices if it could have been.

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