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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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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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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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First cinema feature of Murray Matheson. See more »

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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 »

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Mr. Palmer: Oh, would you believe you!
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Let Him Go, Let Him Tarry
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Sung by Jean Simmons
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Simple and effective
28 January 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film was a tribute to the British and American bomber pilots who risked so much during WWII. While it is relatively simple in style, it was a lovely and effective film showing the human side of war. As the movie begins, it is just the British against the Germans in 1940 and a new pilot, John Mills, arrives at the airfield. Old hands, such as the Commander (Trevor Howard) and Michael Redgrave welcome the rookie and the climate is pretty grim. The film then jumps two years and it's 1942--American bomber crews are arriving and excited about getting into the action. A bit later, the film then jumps to 1944--as the war is nearing the end.

While this is a film about bomber crews, no shots of the crews on missions are used and most of the action takes place at a pub next to the base. Here, the crew members unwind and you learn about them as their characters slowly reveal themselves. What I particularly liked is that there were no bigger than life heroes here--just decent men who bravely did their jobs and tried to maintain their sanity through it all. Because of this, the performances were generally understated and realistic--like we are peering through a window into the past. Also, and I don't want to reveal any specifics, I liked how many of the main characters died through the course of the film--heightening both the realism and reminding us just how high the cost was for freedom.

Exceptional acting, writing and direction make this one of the better war films of the era and in many ways is like an aerial version of IN WHICH WE SERVE. Superb.


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