Captains of the Clouds (1942)

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Inspired by Churchill's Dunkirk speech, brash, undisciplined bush pilot Brian MacLean and three friends enlist in the RCAF but are deemed too old to be fliers.

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12 September 2006 | downspout
| A different observation .
The comments of earlier folks were appreciated .As a Canadian viewer I too appreciated it's accurate parts.And I also thought that Jimmies New Yawk accent was funny for a Canadian .The sentiment was great and the overall picture was good for the times .

In the scene in a pub where the boys sang "Bless Them All" and two of them lamented being rejected from flight school , it was interesting to note (along with the wonderful nostalgia throughout)the long necked beer bottles they drank from.

We old timers knew that they were the originals,before stubby bottles. I say this after recently hearing young people refer to the fact that there used to be stubby beer bottles before the present long neck bottles .Or ,was that only here in B.C.?

Thanks to one commenter for the aircraft info too . And another , for the location of the lake .

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Did You Know?


Ida Lupino was the first choice for the role of Emily Foster, but turned it down.


Emily Foster: Hey! What brought you back?
Brian MacLean: A whim.
Emily Foster: Well you can keep on going.
Brian MacLean: Oh you don't know me. I have a whim of iron!


Considering that the bombers were gutted to lessen weight and add fuel tanks to maximize their range and endurance, flying from Canada would have had them arrive at England's west coast. In fact, they are shown flying over water. But they are attacked by a Messerschmitt Bf-109, which did not have the range to reach the west coast, let alone make several passes and then return to its base, even if it had drop tanks, and would not in any case risk time and fuel patrolling that area.

Crazy Credits

Sincere appreciation is expressed to Major the Honorable C.G. Power P.C., M.C., Minister of National Defence for Air (Canada) and to Air Marshal L.S. Breadner D.S.C., Chief of the Air Staff, Royal Canadian Air Force, without whose authority and generous co-operation this picture would not have been brought to its splendid conclusion. We also wish to express our thanks to Air Marshal Bishop, V.C. and other officers and men of the R.C.A.F. who, in the making of the picture, are portrayed in the actual performance of their regular duties.


Rule Britannia
(1740) (uncredited)
Music by
Thomas Augustine Arne
Played as background music in Willie's restaurant after Churchill's speech
Reprised near the end after Churchill's speech


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Action | Drama | War

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