Lost in the Stratosphere

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Lost in the Stratosphere is one of three Monogram vehicles for James Cagney's look-alike brother William (later a successful producer). Inspired by the U.S. Army's recent experiments with atmospheric balloons, the film stars Cagney and Edward Nugent as inveterate practical jokers Cooper and Wood. Their friendship cleft in twain by the arrival of pretty Evelyn (June Collyer). The climax occurs when one of the boys' pranks misfires, sending both of them aloft in a fragile weather balloon. By the time they've managed to land the darned thing, they've become heroes. The film's laughable special effects (one can see the process-screen clouds "bleed" through the actors) are counterbalanced by the overall energy and enthusiasm of its stars.


William Cagney
as Lt. Tom 'Soapy' Cooper
Edward J. Nugent
as Lt. Richard 'Woody' Wood
June Collyer
as Evelyn Worthington
Lona Andre
as Sophie
Edmund Breese
as Col. Brooks
Frank McGlynn Sr.
as Col. Worthington
Pauline Garon
as Hilda Garon
Matt McHugh
as O'Toole
Russ Clark
as Sgt. Enfield
Cactus Jack Mack
as Sgt. Baker
Hattie McDaniel
as Ida Johnson
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