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The Way to the Stars is a 1945 film, produced by Anatole de Grunwald and directed by Anthony Asquith. 1945 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Anthony Asquith (November 9, 1902)-(February 20, 1968) was a British film director. ...

The setting of the film is a new Royal Air Force station called Halfpenny Field (pronounced ha'penny). Pilot Officer Peter Penrose (John Mills) arrives as a newly posted and very green "fifteen hour sprog" and is assigned to the command of Flight Lieutenant David Archdale (Michael Redgrave). When the Commanding Officer, Squadron Leader Carter (Trevor Howard, in his first film role) is shot down, Archdale takes over. Whilst Penrose develops into a first-class pilot, he meets Iris Winterton (Renee Asherson), a young girl staying with her aunt at the Golden Lion pub in the nearby village. The Royal Air Force (often abbreviated to RAF) is the air force branch of the UK Armed Forces. ... John Mills as Professor Bernard Quatermass in the Thames Television science-fiction serial Quatermass (1979). ... Michael Redgrave and Margaret Lockwood in The Lady Vanishes (1938) Sir Michael Scudamore Redgrave (March 20, 1908 - March 21, 1985) was an English actor. ... A Squadron Leaders sleeve/shoulder insignia Squadron Leader is a senior commissioned rank in the Royal Air Force and the air forces of many other Commonwealth countries. ... Trevor Howard Trevor Howard (September 29, 1913 - January 7, 1988) was a British actor. ... A public house, usually known as a pub, is a drinking establishment found mainly in the Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other countries influenced by British cultural heritage. ...

Archdale marries Miss Todd (Rosamund John, known to all as Toddy) the popular manageress of the hotel, and they have a son, Peter, but a year later, Archdale is shot down.

The squadron is posted overseas, but Penrose stays on as a Controller. A squadron of Americans arrive, including Captain Johnny Hollis (Douglass Montgomery) and Lieutenant Joe Friselli (Bonar Colleano). A Squadron is a grouping of aircraft, naval vessels, armoured fighting vehicles or soldiers. ...

Penrose tentatively courts Iris, despite her aunt's stern disapproval, but is then posted away to fly bombers. When he later makes an emergency landing at the base, he meets Iris again, but is reluctant to take up the affair, despite her obvious willingness.

Toddy manages to persuade a very reluctant Penrose to propose to Iris. Hollis is killed whilst crash-landing a damaged returning bomber.

The film also includes Stanley Holloway, Basil Radford and David Tomlinson in fine supporting roles, and also a very young Jean Simmons who makes a brief appearance as a singer. Stanley Augustus Holloway (October 1, 1890 - January 30, 1982) was a British actor and entertainer famous for his comic and character roles on stage and screen. ... David Cecil MacAlister Tomlinson (May 7, 1917 - June 24, 2000) was a British film actor. ... Jean Merilyn Simmons (born January 31, 1929 in Crouch Hill, London, England, United Kingdom) is a British actress. ...

Poetry supposedly written by Archdale was written by John Pudney

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IMDb database The Way to the Stars [1] (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038238/)

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Way To The Stars, The - Michael Redgrave, John Mills, Rosamund John, Stanley Holloway, Basil Radford 1945 (1241 words)
Way To The Stars, The - Michael Redgrave, John Mills, Rosamund John, Stanley Holloway, Basil Radford 1945
The unique thing in The Way to the Stars is the sense that everyday life had to be preserved by continuing to live it.
Elegaic, heroic, understated, brilliantly filmed, acted and directed, without actually showing any real combat, The Way to the Stars manages to be one of the greatest war films ever made.
The Way to the Stars - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (582 words)
The Way to the Stars, also known as Johnny in the Clouds, is a 1945 war drama film made by Two Cities Films and released by United Artists.
The film stars Michael Redgrave, John Mills, Rosamund John with Stanley Holloway, Renée Asherson, Felix Aylmer, Basil Radford, Bonar Colleano, David Tomlinson, Trevor Howard, Joyce Carey, Bill Owen, Anthony Dawson and Jean Simmons in an early role.
The title, The Way to the Stars, is taken from the Latin motto of the Royal Air Force (RAF), Per ardua ad astra.
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