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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

Cast

John Mills
as Peter Penrose
Michael Redgrave
as Lt. David Archdale
Trevor Howard
as Squadron Leader Carter
Bonar Colleano
as Joe Friselli
Rosamund John
as Miss Toddy Todd
Stanley Holloway
as Mr. Palmer
Basil Radford
as Tiny Williams
Felix Aylmer
as Rev. Charles Moss
O.B. Clarence
Alf Goddard
as Sergeant
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
Murray Matheson
as Joe Lawson
John McLaren
as 'Cheerio' Chester
Anthony Dawson
as Bertie Steen
Johnnie Schofield
as Jones
John Howard
as Shelter Officer
Jean Simmons
as Singer
Bill Owen
as Nobby Clarke
Charles Victor
as Cpl. Fitter
David Tomlinson
as Pilot Officer Prune Parsons
Johnnie Schofield
as Jones
John McLaren
as 'Cheerio' Chester
Hugh Dempster
as Tinker Bell
Hartley Power
as Col. Page
Anthony Dawson
as Bertie Steen
Murray Matheson
as Joe Lawson
Peter Cotes
as Aircraftsman
Vida Hope
as Elsie, Waitress
Alf Goddard
as Sergeant

Crew

Anthony Asquith
Director
Anatole de Grunwald
Producer
Anatole de Grunwald
Screenwriter
Terence Rattigan
Screenwriter
Nicholas Brodszky
Composer (Music Score)
Fergus McDonell
Editor
Carmen Dillon
Art Director
Paul Sheriff
Art Director
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