Captains of the Clouds

Captains of the Clouds

James Cagney
Director: Michael Curtiz Cast: James Cagney
James Cagney
, Dennis Morgan
Dennis Morgan
, Brenda Marshall
Brenda Marshall
Michael Curtiz


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James Cagney made his first Technicolor appearance in the morale-boosting aviation flick Captains of the Clouds. Cagney plays Brian MacLean, a hotshot Canadian bush pilot who delights in stealing jobs-and women-away from his competitors. Brian is forced to shape up in a hurry when he's assigned to train other pilots for the Royal Canadian Air Force. At the ending of the training period, he is given his first real RCAF assignment: The seemingly unimportant task of shepherding American bomber planes across the Atlantic to England. With startling suddenness, Brian comes to realize the true importance of his job when he is forced into a deadly confrontation with a fleet of Nazi raider planes. Real-life Canadian WW1 flying ace Billy Bishop plays a small but pivotal role in Captains of the Clouds, while the leading-lady duties were handled by Warner Bros. stock actress Brenda Marshall (aka Mrs. William Holden). Cinematographer Sol Polito earned an Oscar nomination for his vivid color photography, though aerial photographers Elmer Dyer, Charles Marshall and Winston Hoch were certainly just as deserving.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/09/2014
UPC: 0888574106607
Original Release: 1942
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:53:00
Sales rank: 9,370

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Cagney Brian MacLean
Dennis Morgan Johnny Dutton
Brenda Marshall Emily Foster
Alan Hale Tiny Murphy
George Tobias Blimp Lebec
Reginald Gardiner Scrounger Harris
Reginald Denny Commanding officer
Russell Arms Prentiss
Paul Cavanagh Group captain
Clem Bevans Store-Teeth Morrison
J.M. Kerrigan Foster
John Farrell MacDonald Dr. Neville
Pat O'Moore Fyffo
Morton Lowry Carmichael
Frederic Worlock President of Court Martial
Roland Drew Officer
Lucia Carroll Blonde
George Meeker Playboy
Ben Baker Popcorn Kearns
Hardie Albright Kingsley
Ray Walker Mason
Charles Halton Nolan
Louis Jean Heydt Provost Marshal
Willie Fung Willie
Carl Harbord Blake
Air Marshal W.A. Bishop Himself
O. Cathcart Jones Chief Instructor
Ted Offenbecker Mechanic
William Wilkerson Actor
Tod Andrews Student Pilot
Barry Bernard Actor
James Bush Actor
Donald Dillaway Actor
Tom Dugan Bartender
Pat Flaherty Drill sergeant
John Gallaudet Actor
Herbert Gunn Actor
Winifred Harris Woman
John Hartley Actor
Charles Irwin Actor
John Kellogg Actor
Frank Lackteen Indian
Miles Mander Churchill
Ray Montgomery Actor
Gavin Muir Orderly
George Ovey Actor
Charles B. Smith Bellboy
James Stevens Indian
Rafael Storm Actor
Emmett Vogan Clerk
Roy Walker Mason
Billy Wayne Actor
Larry Williams Duty officer
Gig Young Student Pilot
Edward McNamara Dog Man
George Offerman Mechanic

Technical Credits
Michael Curtiz Director
George J. Amy Editor
Howard Arlen Songwriter
William Cagney Associate Producer
Wilfrid M. Cline Cinematographer
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Byron Haskin Special Effects
Arthur Horman Screenwriter
Richard Macaulay Screenwriter
Johnny Mercer Songwriter
Sol Polito Cinematographer
Norman Reilly Raine Screenwriter
Howard Shoup Costumes/Costume Designer
Ted Smith Production Designer
Max Steiner Score Composer
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Perc Westmore Makeup
Rex Wimpy Special Effects

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