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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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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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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

Squadron Leader Sil Carter: Line-shoot. These fighter types. Top button undone. Victory rolls. Bad show I think.
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Connections

Featured in War Stories (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

The US Air Force [Army Air Corps Song]
(uncredited)
Written by Robert Crawford
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User Reviews

A masterpiece capturing a war and a lost civilization
22 January 2010 | by richardhwiltonSee all my reviews

The great thing about this war flying film is that there's hardly any flying in it. It's all about the terrible toll war takes on normal people. What makes it so gripping to a modern audience is how the characteristic emotional restraint of people at that time is so faithfully portrayed. That's why it doesn't date. You just know that's how people really were back then.

Above all, it's the Rattigan screenplay, with its wonderful trilogical structure that speaks out.

If you want to see how people really felt and acted in England in WW2, in a beautiful, tragic film, then you must see it.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 1945 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Johnny in the Clouds See more »

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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