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Johnny in the Clouds (1945)

The Way to the Stars (original title)
The wartime daily routine on a British bomber base in southeastern England is revealed through the eyes of newly arrived Flying Officer Peter Penrose (Sir John Mills).

Director:

Anthony Asquith

Writers:

Terence Rattigan (story), Anatole de Grunwald (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Redgrave ... David Archdale
John Mills ... Peter Penrose
Rosamund John ... Miss Todd
Douglass Montgomery ... Johnny Hollis
Renée Asherson ... Iris Winterton (as Renee Asherson)
Stanley Holloway ... Mr Palmer
Basil Radford ... Tiny Williams
Felix Aylmer ... Rev. Charles Moss
Bonar Colleano ... Joe Friselli (as Bonar Colleano Jnr)
Joyce Carey ... Miss Winterton
Trevor Howard ... Sq / Leader Carter
Nicholas Stuart ... Col. Rogers (as Tryon Nichol)
Bill Owen ... 'Nobby' Clarke (as Bill Rowbotham)
Grant Miller Grant Miller ... Wally Becker
Jean Simmons ... A Singer
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Storyline

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. This movie centers around Pilot Officer Peter Penrose (Sir John Mills), fresh out of a training unit, who joins the squadron, and quickly discovers about life during war time. He falls for Iris Winterton (Renée Asherson), 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 manager, with a young son to bring up. As the war progresses, Penrose comes to terms that he has survived, while others have been killed. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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Taglines:

Thrills in the sky ! and romance below ...

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

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Trivia

The poem "For Johnny" read by Sir John Mills is as follows: "Do not despair, For Johnny-head-in-air; He sleeps as sound, As Johnny underground. Fetch out no shroud, For Johnny-in-the-cloud; And keep your tears, For him in after years. Better by far, For Johnny-the-bright-star, To keep your head, And see his children fed." 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

Aircraftsman: Mark my words, no good will come of it.
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Soundtracks

MacNamara's Band
(uncredited)
Written by Shamus O'Connor
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29 October 2004 | by Pedro_ExitSee all my reviews

What an excellent film, with a cast that lifts it above other films made during WW2. Was there a British war film made that did not have John Mills starring in it? Many of the actors here went on to become familiar faces in film and British TV. The story-line and the absence of background music do make this film both nostalgic and entertaining.

It may interest some that the 'Golden Lion' in the film does exist, it is a hotel in Northallerton, North Yorkshire. The street scenes were shot in nearby Bedale. I'm not sure which airfield was used, but it may have been one of the many bomber bases situated in this area, such as Leeming or Dishforth.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 1945 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Two Cities Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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