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The Way to the Stars (1945 with Michael Redgrave, John Mills)

All-star home front-picture, done with so much love, so much wild relief, and by so many practitioners at the height of their powers (director Asquith, writer Rattigan, stars Mills, John and Redgrave), that something truly remarkable was laid down on celluloid. The story is essentially one of intercultural encounter: the Yanks take over an English airfield; local boys (and girls) respond to their presence.

There's very little of the airborne action that dominates other films with comparable characters and settings. Its focus instead is the human instincts that gave life to the military and political alliance between Britain and America. Powerful, unsentimental, direct.

Michael Redgrave as Flight Lt. David Archdale
John Mills as Pilot Officer Peter Penrose
Rosamund John as Miss Todd
Douglass Montgomery as Johnny Hollis
Renée Asherson as Iris Winterton
Stanley Holloway as Mr. Palmer
Basil Radford as 'Tiny' Williams
Felix Aylmer as Rev. Charles Moss
Bonar Colleano as Joe Friselli
Joyce Carey as Miss Winterton
Trevor Howard as Squadron Leader Carter
Nicholas Stuart as Colonel Rogers (as Tryon Nichol)
Bill Owen as Sgt. 'Nobby' Clarke
Grant Miller as Wally Becker
Jean Simmons as A Singer
Johnnie Schofield as Jones
Charles Victor as Corporal Fitter
David Tomlinson as 'Prune' Parsons
Hartley Power as Colonel Page
Vida Hope as Elsie
Hugh Dempster as 'Tinker' Bell
Charles Farrell as American Orderly
Anthony Dawson as Bertie Steen
Bill Logan as Radio Operator
John Howard as Shelter Officer
Murray Matheson as Joe Lawson
John McLaren as 'Cheerio' Chester
Jacqueline Clarke as Waitress
Alf Goddard as PT Instructor
Caven Watson as RAF Corporal
Sydney Benson as Fred
Peter Cotes as Aircraftsman
Ann Wilton as Schoolmistress

Director: Anthony Asquith
Producer: Anatole de Grunwald
Associate Producer: Gordan Parry
Script: Anatole de Grunwald and Terence Rattigan
Cinematography: Derick Williams
Supervising Art Director: Paul Sheriff
Art Director: Carmen Dillon
Editing: Fergus McDonell
Original Music: Nicholas Brodszky

UK | 109 minutes | 1945

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