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Johnny in the Clouds (1945)
"The Way to the Stars" (original title)

 -  Drama | Romance | War  -  16 June 1945 (UK)
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Life on a British bomber base, and the surrounding towns, from the opening days of the Battle of Britain, to the arrival of the Americans, who join in the bomber offensive. The film centres... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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David Archdale
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Peter Penrose
Rosamund John ...
Miss Todd
Douglass Montgomery ...
Johnny Hollis
Renée Asherson ...
Iris Winterton (as Renee Asherson)
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Mr Palmer
Basil Radford ...
Tiny Williams
Felix Aylmer ...
Rev. Charles Moss
Bonar Colleano ...
Joe Friselli (as Bonar Colleano Jnr)
Joyce Carey ...
Miss Winterton
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Sq / Leader Carter
Nicholas Stuart ...
Col. Rogers (as Tryon Nichol)
Bill Owen ...
'Nobby' Clarke (as Bill Rowbotham)
Grant Miller ...
Wally Becker
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A Singer
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Life on a British bomber base, and the surrounding towns, from the opening days of the Battle of Britain, to the arrival of the Americans, who join in the bomber offensive. The film centres around Pilot Officer Peter Penrose, fresh out of a training unit, who joins the squadron, and quickly discovers about life during war time. He falls for Iris, a young girl who lives at the local hotel, but he becomes disillusioned about marriage, when the squadron commander dies in a raid, and leaves his wife, the hotel manageress, with a young son to bring up. As the war progresses, Penross comes to terms that he has survived, while others have been killed. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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Burgress Meredith was offered Johnny Hollis. See more »

Goofs

As the American pilot alights to join the first US bombers leaving to bomb the Nazis on "Aug. 17" (1942) his Mae West is visibly stenciled: "Insp 5/3/44" . See more »

Quotes

'Tinker' Bell: [after ordering tea] They don't warm the pots, you know. I've watched them making it.
Tiny Williams: Well, it's liquid and it's warm. I was afraid they were going to abolish it altogether.
'Tinker' Bell: Oh, but they would have done, they were going to, if I myself hadn't protested to the colonel.
Tiny Williams: Nobly done, Tinkerbell.
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The US Air Force [Army Air Corps Song]
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Written by Robert Crawford
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Pass me the Kleenex! What d'you mean, the box is empty?
3 May 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

One of my all-time favourites, and always will be. Made in the months immediately after WW2, it charts the history of a typical RAF airfield, with particular emphasis on the 1942 arrival of US bomber crews. Their huge social impact on a rural English community is treated with warmth and much wry humour.

Those looking for an exercise in gritty documentary realism, though, should look elsewhere! This is essentially a 'relationships' movie, deliberately and finely calculated to tug at the heart strings. A very fine script (by Terence Rattigan, no less) is brought to vivid life by lovely performances from all concerned.

Sentimental? Undeniably, but in the best possible way: I defy even the hardest-bitten cynic to remain unmoved.


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