The Way to the Stars

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| Film | | B&W | Drama, Romance, War | 1h 49min |
Stars: Michael Redgrave, John Mills, Rosamund John | Director: Anthony Asquith

World War II as seen by the guests at a small hotel near an airfield

Set in World War II, this is the tale of a group of pilots as they go through their experiences of life, love and loss. Their relationships are highlighted and the impact of war and destruction is shown to affect not just those doing battle, but those left at home as well.

Thrills in the sky! and romance below…

Reviews (1)

Generally delightful comedy drama diffused with tragic atmosphere but with very few flying shots, one of the few films that instantly brings back the atmosphere of the war in Britain for anyone who was involved. (Halliwell’s)

Cast (25)

British actor Michael Redgrave in a moustachioed publicity photograph
David Archdale
British actor John Mills wears a jacket and tie
Peter Penrose
Photograph of British actress, Rosamund John
Miss Todd
Douglass Montgomery
Johnny Hollis
Renée Asherson
Iris Winterton
British comedian Stanley Holloway wears a trilby, jacket and tie as he smokes his pipe
Mr Palmer
British actor, Basil Radford, as Captain Paul Waggett in Whisky Galore! (1949)
Tiny Williams
British actor Felix Aylmer wears a white dinner jacket and bow tie
Rev Charles Moss
Bonar Colleano
Joe Friselli
Joyce Carey
Miss Winterton
British actor Trevor Howard smokes a cigarette.  Howard is dressed in a herringbone jacket and tie
Sq / Leader Carter
Nicholas Stuart
Col Rogers
Bill Owen
‘Nobby’ Clarke
Grant Miller
Wally Becker
Jean Simmons, British actress, wears a lacy top and a pearl necklace as she poses for a 1950s publicity photo
A Singer
Johnnie Schofield
Charles Victor
Corporal Fitter
David Tomlinson
‘Prune’ Parsons
Hartley Power
Col Page
Vida Hope
Hugh Dempster
‘Tinker’ Bell
Charles Farrell
American Orderly
Anthony Dawson
Bertie Steen
Bill Logan
Radio Operator
John Howard
Shelter Officer
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Film clip


Anthony Asquith


Anatole de Grunwald



Production company

Two Cities Films
Logo for the Two Cities Film production company.  This was the company’s second logo.

Also known as

Johnny in the Clouds (USA)

Pictures (6)

Main title from The Way to the Stars (1945) (6)
Main title from The Way to the Stars (1945) (5). Stanley Holloway, Renée Asherson, Felix Aylmer and Basil Radford
Main title from The Way to the Stars (1945) (4)
Main title from The Way to the Stars (1945) (3). Michael Redgrave, John Mills, Rosamund John and Douglass Montgomery in
Main title from The Way to the Stars (1945) (2). A Two Cities Film
Main title from The Way to the Stars (1945) (1)
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