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Our Favorite UK Homefront World War II Film! The Original, Uncut Version Of The Stirring 1945 Story Of British And American Airmen And The Townsfolk They Cherish, Starring Michael Redgrave, John Mills, Douglass Montgomery And Trevor Howard, The Latter Making His Film Debut Along With Jean Simmons, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An MP4 Video Download Or Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD! (Black/White, 1945, 1 Hour 44 Minutes.)
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Great Britain was blanketed with airfields during World War II. Downright upheaval occurred in the lives of both country and town folk across the country as they struggled to accomodate first British and then American airmen. In the midst of it, however, great stories of personal relationships transcending time and circumstance arose, all charged with the frenetics of the moment, and all to end in the ghostowns of abandoned aerodromes. Of particular note is the propagandized depiction of the August 17, 1943 Schweinfurt-Regensburg bombing mission. This film both sensitively and movingly portrays all these things, all within the context of good men and women doing their best by each other in trying circumstances, at the very least out of tolerance for each other, but mostly out of respect, admiration, and love.
Anatole de Grunwald (Story), Terence Rattigan (Story & Scenario as F/lt Terence Rattigan)
Michael Redgrave ... David Archdale
John Mills ... Peter Penrose
Douglass Montgomery ... Johnny Hollis
Rosamund John ... Miss Todd
Bonar Colleano ... Joe Friselli
Stanley Holloway ... Mr. Palmer
Renée Asherson ... Iris Winterton
Felix Aylmer ... Rev. Charles Moss
Basil Radford ... Tiny Williams
Trevor Howard ... Sq/Leader Carter
Joyce Carey ... Miss Winterton
Jean Simmons ... A Singer
Bill Owen ... 'Nobby' Clarke
Anthony Dawson ... Bertie Steen
Nicholas Stuart ... Col. Rogers
Grant Miller ... Wally Becker
The Way To The Stars is a 1945 Anglo-American black-and-white second world war drama film made by Two Cities Films. The film was produced by Anatole de Grunwald, directed by Anthony Asquith, and stars Michael Redgrave, John Mills, Rosamund John, and Stanley Holloway. The Way To The Stars was cut from its original 1 hour 44 minute length for distribution as Johnny In The Clouds in the United States by United Artists, down 22 minutes to 1 hour 22 minutes. The screenplay was co-written by Richard Sherman and noted dramatist, Terence Rattigan, as a significant reworking of Rattigan's 1942 play Flare Path. Rattigan, then a Royal Air Force Flight Lieutenant, was posted in 1943 to the RAF Film Production Unit to work on The Way to the Stars and Journey Together. The title of the uncut British version of the film, The Way To The Stars, is inspired by the Latin motto of the RAF, Per Ardua Ad Astra (Through Adversity To The Stars). The title of the cut American version of the film, Johnny In The Clouds, is taken from the title of a poem recited in the film as tribute to a dead aviator.