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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 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Clouds Over Europe See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place from September 20 to September 22, 1938. See more »

Goofs

When Major Hammond goes to Sonia's dressing room, a shadow of the camera can be seen as it tracks down the line of other actresses sitting at their dressing tables. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Barrett: Alright! Alright! Will you as a personal favour take that plane up?
Tony McVane: Well of course I will, you parboiled, pudding-minded, myopic deadhead!
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Soundtracks

Lord Mere Coming from Club
(uncredited)
from The Divorce of Lady X (1938)
Music by Lionel Salter
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15 July 2011 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

You really can't go wrong with Ralph Richardson in a cast, and it holds true with "Clouds Over Europe," a 1939 film that also stars Laurence Olivier and Valerie Hobson. It's pre-WW II, and Richardson plays a secret service man in England who is convinced that a series of missing planes from diverse places is no accident. He's convinced the planes are being sabotaged, but by whom, and why? Olivier plays one of the pilots, and he's funny as well as handsome. Valerie Hobson is a reporter in an adversarial relationship with Olivier. She turns out to be related to someone else in the film.

But it's Richardson who steals the show with his eccentric portrayal of Major Charles Hammond, a man who always forgets his umbrella and returns for it. He helps to give this affair a lightheartedness that makes it enjoyable.

Recommended for its very good British cast.


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