The Way to the Stars (1945)





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Originally released in England as The Way to the Stars, Johnny in the Clouds is the story of how the Battle of Britain affected the lives of combatants and civilians alike. Terence Rattigan's screenplay concentrates on three groups of people: an American pilot and his wife, a doomed British officer with a wife and child, and a young couple who plan to marry despite the precariousness of wartime romances. Most of the action takes place at an air base and the neighboring village, where the private citizens react to rationing and other restrictions with various degrees of nobility and selfishness. The American title of this film is derived from the poem "Johnny in the Clouds," recited in tribute to the decease British airman; the U.S. version, which was released after the war, includes a prologue set in the deserted air base, with the bulk of the film offered as a flashback. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Classics , Drama
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John Mills
as Peter Penrose
Michael Redgrave
as Lt. David Archdale
Douglass Montgomery
as Johnny Hollis
Trevor Howard
as Squadron Leader Carter
Bonar Colleano
as Joe Friselli
Rosamund John
as Miss Toddy Todd
Stanley Holloway
as Mr. Palmer
Renée Ashershon
as Iris Winterton
Basil Radford
as Tiny Williams
Joyce Carey
as Miss Winterton
Felix Aylmer
as Rev. Charles Moss
Alf Goddard
as Sergeant
Nick Stuart
as Wally Becker
David Tomlinson
as Pilot Officer Prune Parsons
Bill Owen
as Nobby Clarke
Jean Simmons
as Singer
Charles Victor
as Cpl. Fitter
Hartley Power
as Col. Page
Vida Hope
as Elsie Waitress
Hugh Dempster
as Tinker Bell
Peter Cotes
as Aircraftsman
Charles Farrell
as American Orderly
Murray Matheson
as Joe Lawson
John McLaren
as 'Cheerio' Chester
Caven Watson
as R.A.F. Corporal
Ann Wilton
as Schoolmistress
Anthony Dawson
as Bertie Steen
John Howard
as Shelter Officer
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...good, straight-ahead drama, with fine acting and solid direction.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
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