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Clouds Over Europe (1939)

Q Planes (original title)
Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 20 June 1939 (USA)
A quirky British Secret Service Agent named Major Hammond tries to discover who is using a secret weapon to steal experimental planes.

Directors:

Tim Whelan, Arthur B. Woods (uncredited)

Writers:

Brock Williams (original story), Jack Whittingham (original story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Laurence Olivier ... Tony McVane
Ralph Richardson ... Major Charles Hammond
Valerie Hobson ... Kay Hammond
George Curzon ... Jenkins
George Merritt ... Barrett
Gus McNaughton ... Blenkinsop
David Tree ... Robert Mackenzie
Sandra Storme ... Daphne
Hay Petrie ... Stage Door Keeper
Frank Fox Frank Fox ... Karl
George Butler George Butler ... Air Marshall Gosport
Gordon McLeod Gordon McLeod ... The Baron
John Longden ... Peters (as John Longdon)
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Storyline

Experimental aircraft of several countries are mysteriously vanishing during test flights over the sea. The latest is British, and Hammond of the Secret Service, comical but competent, investigates undercover. Also interested is waitress Kay, a disguised reporter, and Hammond's sister. The government and plane manufacturer Barrett think the whole business is just coincidence, but the "Viking", ostensible salvage ship controlled by a foreign power, has much to do with it. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

NEW Exciting Adventure as a gay young blade stages a battle of wits with England's most famous beauty, and Europe's most notorious nest of spies! (Print Ad- Philadelphia Inquirer, ((Philadelphia, Penna.)) 28 July 1939) See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Filmed in Autumn 1938. See more »

Goofs

Early into the film, a map is shown, depicting Europe where the planes have vanished. As Ralph Richardson points, Los Angles is mentioned, right over where Germany is. It's obvious that a second map has been placed over another map, for where Germany ought to be is a huge body of water. See more »

Quotes

Major Charles Hammond: Mr Barrett, you're wasted here. With your genius for sitting on either side of the fence you ought to be in the government, were it not for your resilience, which denotes a remarkable career as a tennis ball.
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Soundtracks

Logan Falls with Bedclothes
(uncredited)
from The Divorce of Lady X (1938)
Music by Lionel Salter
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It's all Olivier and Richardson
5 January 2000 | by Gilly-13See all my reviews

The two stage actors rattle off the rapid-fire dialogue like two Spitfires in a dogfight. I got the feeling they were almost in a goof-off competition to see who could memorize their lines right before the take and spit them out with the most unrehearsed verve.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Clouds Over Europe See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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