Captains of the Clouds (1942)
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as Brian MacLean
as Johnny Dutton
as "Tiny" Murphy
as Blimp Lebec
as Emily Foster
as Scrounger Harris
as Commanding officer
as Group captain
as Store-Teeth Morrison
as Dr. Neville
as Chief Instructor
as President of Court M...
as Popcorn Kearns
as Provost Marshal
as Student Pilot
as Student Pilot
as Chief Instructor
as Dog Man
as Drill sergeant
as Duty officer
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James Cagney's first color film, an aviation tale, was Oscar nominated for Cinematography and Interior Decoration
Cagney is a bush pilot facing a fleet of Nazi raiders in this morale-boosting aviation drama from Warner Brothers.
Audience Reviews for Captains of the Clouds
Lots of action, fast paced and humorous WWII moral booster for the war effort. Canadian bush pilots enlist in the R.A.F. only to find out they're too old.
Cagney leads a great cast, but wisecracks his way out of a pilot's licence. Always the rebel at heart, Cagney can't conform to the military.
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A love interest quickly starts between the actors
Brian MacLean (James Cagney), Johnny Dutton (Dennis Morgan), "Tiny" Murphy (Alan Hale, Sr.), "Blimp" Lebec (George Tobias) and "Scrounger" Harris (Reginald Gardiner) are bush pilots competing for business in rugged Northern Ontario, Canada in 1939, as the Second World War is beginning.
While Dutton flies by the book, MacLean (Cagney) is a seat-of-the-pants kind of pilot, mirroring the differences in their personalities.
There is a love twist to this one as well. Cagney gets between a guy and his fiancee, only to marry her and get rid of her.
Cagney is his usual fast talking, ready to fight type guy. Bound to please most anyone, the film is in then new Technicolor. The ending is not terribly credible, which is the only fault in the film for the most part.
Tidbits and Notes:
1 The vivid aerial scenes filmed in Technicolor were another aspect of the expensive production that garnered critical attention.
2 Reviews were mixed; while some critics felt the film suffered from a stagey plot and a forced romantic story line, the aerial scenes were considered the film's redeeming feature.
3 Even though it seems unlikely, the secluded location and lack of telephones necessitated the use of homing pigeons obtained locally to send out messages to the other film units.
4 The aerial sequences were under the direction of Paul Mantz, long-time Hollywood stunt pilot, who used a Stinson Model A trimotor camera ship.
5 MacLean's aircraft, CF-HGO in the scenes, was a Noorduyn Norseman flown by veteran stunt pilot Frank Clarke (who doubled for James Cagney in flying scenes), Johnny Dutton's silver CF-NBP was an actual Fairchild 71C bush plane, while Laurentian Air Service's Waco EGC-7 and AGC-8 cabin aircraft provided the other float planes.
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Produced by Hal B. Wallis
Written by Arthur T. Horman
Norman Reilly Raine
Starring James Cagney [img]http://ts4.mm.bing.net/images/thumbnail.aspx?q=4858239876268771&id=057e2d953fa65885488704f3e12c1eed&url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.dvdcorral.com%2fdvd%2fimages%2fmax%2f085391137009.jpg[/img]
Music by Max Steiner (score)
Harold Arlen (title song)
Cinematography Wilfred M. Cline, Sol Polito
Winton C. Hoch
Editing by George Amy
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) February 12, 1942 (NYC)
February 21, 1942 (US)
Running time 114 minutes
Country United States
While suffering the burden of being a propaganda film, Captains of the Clouds actually has some substance when it's not showing the inspiring nature of "technical scenes."
ALWAYS INTERESTING WORLD WAR II ACTIONER, GREAT CAST HEADED BY THE ALWAYS GREAT JAMES CAGNEY. SOME GOOD FLYING SEQUENCES, GOOD PLOT AND WELL WRITTEN.
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