The Way to the Stars

The Way to the Stars

John Mills
Director: Anthony Asquith Cast: John Mills
John Mills
, Michael Redgrave
Michael Redgrave
, Douglass Montgomery
Douglass Montgomery
Anthony Asquith


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/17/2011
UPC: 0089859863820
Original Release: 1945
Rating: NR
Source: Vci Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:49:00
Sales rank: 39,775

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Mills Peter Penrose
Michael Redgrave Lt. David Archdale
Douglass Montgomery Johnny Hollis
Bonar Colleano Joe Friselli
Trevor Howard Squadron Leader Carter
Rosamund John Miss Toddy Todd
Renée Ashershon Iris Winterton
Stanley Holloway Mr. Palmer
Basil Radford Tiny Williams
Joyce Carey Miss Winterton
Felix Aylmer Rev. Charles Moss
O.B. Clarence Actor
Alf Goddard Sergeant
Nick Stuart Wally Becker
David Tomlinson Pilot Officer Prune Parsons
Bill Owen Nobby Clarke
Jean Simmons Singer
Charles Victor Cpl. Fitter
Hartley Power Col. Page
Vida Hope Elsie, Waitress
Hugh Dempster Tinker Bell
Peter Cotes Aircraftsman
Charles Farrell American Orderly
Murray Matheson Joe Lawson
John McLaren 'Cheerio' Chester
Caven Watson R.A.F. Corporal
Ann Wilton Schoolmistress
Anthony Dawson Bertie Steen
Johnnie Schofield Jones
John Howard Shelter Officer

Technical Credits
Anthony Asquith Director
Nicholas Brodszky Score Composer
Anatole de Grunwald Producer,Screenwriter
Carmen Dillon Art Director
Fergus McDonell Editor
John Pudney Screenwriter
Terence Rattigan Screenwriter
Paul Sheriff Art Director
Derek Williams Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Way to the Stars
1. Half-Penny Field [9:26]
2. Training Penrose [7:47]
3. The Happy Pair [8:24]
4. 43 Trips - 1 Tour [8:58]
5. A Bad Show [10:15]
6. The 8th Airforce [8:36]
7. Culture Clash [7:21]
8. Celebration [12:19]
9. Called Home [4:07]
10. Station Dance [8:57]
11. Engaged! [11:02]
12. The Bright Star [6:44]

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