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Captains of the Clouds (1942)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 21 February 1942 (USA)
Inspired by Churchill's Dunkirk speech, brash, undisciplined bush pilot Brian MacLean and three friends enlist in the RCAF but are deemed too old to be fliers.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Arthur T. Horman (story), Roland Gillett (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Cagney ... Brian MacLean
Dennis Morgan ... Johnny Dutton
Brenda Marshall ... Emily Foster
Alan Hale ... Francis Patrick 'Tiny' Murphy
George Tobias ... Blimp Lebec
Reginald Gardiner ... Scrounger Harris
W.A. Bishop W.A. Bishop ... Air Marshal W. A. Bishop (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 Patrick O'Moore ... Fyffe
Morton Lowry ... Carmichael
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Storyline

Brian McLean is a ruthless bush-pilot in Canada. He offers some other pilots an opportunity of earning a lot of money, but he marries the girl-friend of one of them. After listening to Churchill's famous "Blood, Sweat and tears" radio address he and some other pilots decide to join the RCAF - and his superior is always the pilot who's girlfriend he has married. Due to this and the fact, that McLean doesn't like to obey he gets troubles. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shadows of Their Wings See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The training facility depicted in the movie, "Uplands Air Base," actually exists near Ottawa, Canada. After WWII, it served as a jet squadron training base and later as a military helicopter transport facility. In 1995, the Canadian government shut down the base and it now serves as a reception area for VIPs. See more »

Goofs

The film plays a recording of Churchill's famous 'We shall fight on the beaches' speech as the characters listen to it. But while Churchill did make the speech to the House of Commons in June of 1940, it was not broadcast at the time. The text appeared in newspapers and excerpts were read on the radio by a BBC announcer. The speech heard in the movie was 're-enacted' by Churchill nine years after that date. So the characters would not have been able to hear Churchill give the speech himself. 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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Crazy Credits

Sincere appreciation is expressed to Major the Honorable C.G. Power P.C., M.C., Minister of National Defence for Air (Canada) and to Air Marshal L.S. Breadner D.S.C., Chief of the Air Staff, Royal Canadian Air Force, without whose authority and generous co-operation this picture would not have been brought to its splendid conclusion. We also wish to express our thanks to Air Marshal Bishop, V.C. and other officers and men of the R.C.A.F. who, in the making of the picture, are portrayed in the actual performance of their regular duties. See more »

Soundtracks

Rule Britannia
(1740) (uncredited)
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Played as background music in Willie's restaurant after Churchill's speech
Reprised near the end after Churchill's speech
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The setting of part of this movie
7 January 2006 | by northbaypatsySee all my reviews

  • Having grown up in North Bay Ontario Canada, I would like to point out that the first part of Captains of the Clouds was set on Trout Lake near North Bay . The Actors stayed at The Empire Hotel in North Bay.


All of the people of North Bay were excited about this movie and many of us crowded around the entrance to the Hotel and every other place the Stars were sighted. It was certainly a memorable time for the residents of North Bay!! There are more details I would love to add but at this point I would like to ask if there are any reviews that include ALL the areas where Captains of the Clouds was set? Thank you.

Patricia Kennedy


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