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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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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Theatrical movie debut of Murray Matheson (Joe Lawson). 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: That's what the next one will be like, rockets a thousand tonnes, you mark my words.
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Soundtracks

RAF March Past
(uncredited)
Music by H. Walford Davies
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An invaluable testimony, superbly produced, of what it was to be in Britain at war
31 January 2000 | by phmflSee all my reviews

I saw this film in Britain as a child when it first came out. The whole of our little town talked about it for days after it was shown in our single cinema. Of course, our population had been swollen by forces personnel, including airmen, so we were intimately familiar with the kind of events shown in the film. Now, learning from your web site the details of the distinguished writers, cast and production team, I understand better why it made such a deep impression. In brief, the film embodies the spirit of Britain as I remember it: firm resolve to defeat the Nazi evil, together with the consciousness of the tragedies and also the comic moments of World War II. This is something that is hard to imagine today, in Britain or elsewhere, and especially since the disillusionment produced by the Vietnam War. If only for this reason, the film is an invaluable testimony, truly portraying how British society was then. Other films from the 1940s are repeated constantly on TV; I have been waiting over fifty years to see this one again. Isn't it time for a video/DVD?


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