Johnny in the Clouds ()

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


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David Archdale
Peter Penrose
Miss Todd
Johnny Hollis
Iris Winterton (as Renee Asherson)
Mr Palmer
Tiny Williams
Rev. Charles Moss
Joe Friselli (as Bonar Colleano Jnr)
Miss Winterton
Sq / Leader Carter
Col. Rogers (as Tryon Nichol)
'Nobby' Clarke (as Bill Rowbotham)
Grant Miller ...
Wally Becker
A Singer
Johnnie Schofield ...
Charles Victor ...
Corporal Fitter
'Prune' Parsons
Hartley Power ...
Col. Page
Vida Hope ...
Hugh Dempster ...
'Tinker' Bell
American Orderly
Bertie Steen
Bill Logan ...
Radio Operator
John Howard ...
Shelter Officer
Joe Lawson
John McLaren ...
'Cheerio' Chester
A Waitress
Alf Goddard ...
P.T. Instructor
Caven Watson ...
R.A.F. Corporal (as Cavan Watson)
Sydney Benson ...
Peter Cotes ...
Ian Warner McGilvray ...
Little Peter
Ann Wilton ...
Anna Davis ...
Girl at Dance
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Undetermined Role (scenesDeleted)
Anthony Buckley ...
Boy at Johnny's Party (uncredited)
Harvey Golden ...
Bomber Crew Member (uncredited)
George Lorenze ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Alan Sedgwick ...
Radio Operator (uncredited)

Directed by

Anthony Asquith

Written by

Terence Rattigan ... (story) and
Anatole de Grunwald ... (story)
Terence Rattigan ... (screenplay)
Terence Rattigan ... (scenario) (as F/Lt Terence Rattigan) and
Richard Sherman ... (scenario) (as Capt. Richard Sherman)
John Pudney ... (poems)

Produced by

Anatole de Grunwald ... producer
Gordon Parry ... associate producer

Music by

Nicholas Brodszky ... (as Nicholas Brodzsky)
Charles Williams ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

Derick Williams ... director of photography (as Derrick Williams)

Film Editing by

Fergus McDonell

Editorial Department

Peter Tredwell ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

Irene Howard ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

Carmen Dillon

Production Management

Frank Bevis ... production manager
Filippo Del Giudice ... in charge of production

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

George Pollock ... assistant director
Charles Saunders ... director of second unit
John Alexander ... second assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Peter Barr ... third assistant director (uncredited)
Mark Evans ... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Anthony Hearne ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

Paul Sheriff ... supervising art director
William Bowden ... draughtsman (uncredited)
E. Lindegaard ... scenic artist (uncredited)
Edward Marshall ... draughtsman (uncredited)
Betty Pierce ... draughtsman (uncredited)
John William Smith ... scenic artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

Harry Miller ... sound editor
Sydney Wiles ... sound recordist
Desmond Dew ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Bill Lewthwaite ... sound assistant (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Guy Green ... second unit cameraman
Jack Hildyard ... second unit cameraman
William McLeod ... camera operator (as W. McLeod)
Peter Allwork ... focus puller (uncredited)
Alan Cullimore ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Peter Davies ... sound camera operator: music and dubbing (uncredited)
Norman Foley ... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Philip Pendry ... clapper loader (uncredited)
Charles Trigg ... still photographer (uncredited)

Music Department

Charles Williams ... conductor

Other crew

Joan Frecheville ... assistant to producer
Keith Garrison ... technical adviser (as Captain Keith Garrison U.S.A.A.F.)
Gilbert Thomas ... technical adviser (as Squadron Leader Gilbert Thomas R.A.F.)
Joan Barry ... continuity (uncredited)
Jo Bevan ... continuity (uncredited)

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Special Effects


Other Companies

  • Royal Air Force (RAF) (our thanks are due to - with whom the idea of this film originated - for their full and enthusiastic co-operation)
  • U.S.A.A.F. (our thanks are due to - with whom the idea of this film originated - for their full and enthusiastic co-operation)


Plot Summary

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, fresh out of a training unit, who joins the squadron, and quickly discovers about life during war time. He falls for Iris, 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 manageress, with a young son to bring up. As the war progresses, Penross comes to terms that he has survived, while others have been killed. Written by

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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Rendezvous (United Kingdom)
  • Anatole de Grunwald's Production The Way to the Stars (United Kingdom)
  • Johnny in the Clouds (United States)
  • Le chemin des étoiles (France)
  • Além das Nuvens (Brazil)
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  • 109 min
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Trivia The poem recited by Sir John Mills is titled "For Johnny". It is an ode to Royal Air Force pilots written by John Pudney (1909-1977). 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in A Personal History of British Cinema by Stephen Frears (1995). See more »
Soundtracks RAF March Past See more »
Quotes Peter Penrose: [reading] 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.
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