Q Planes (1939)

83m, 7469 feet
35mm film, black and white
mono, English

A British science fiction film directed by Tim Whelan.

Plot Summary

Scotland Yard's secret agent Major Hammond investigates the mysterious disappearances of several experimental around the world and uncovers foreign agents using an engine-destroying ray gun mounted on a salvage ship.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Tim Whelan
Harefield Productions *
Produced by: Irving Asher
Scenario by: Ian Dalrymple
Original Story by: Brock Williams, Jack Whittingham, Arthur Wimperis
Direction of Flying Sequences: Arthur B. Woods *
2nd Assistant Director: Jack Clayton *
Photographed by: Harry Stradling
Supervising Editor: William Hornbeck
Film Editor: Hugh Stewart
Musical Director: Muir Mathieson
Recording Director: A.W. Watkins
Western Electric Mirrophonic
Supervising Art Director: Vincent Korda
Assistant Art Director: Frederick Pusey
Studio: Denham Studios *

Laurence Olivier (Tony McVane)
Valerie Hobson (Kay Hammond)
Ralph Richardson (Major Charles Hammond)
George Curzon (Jenkins)
George Merritt (Barrett)
Gus McNaughton (Blenkinsop, Hammond's butler)
David Tree (Mackenzie)
Sandra Storme (Daphne)
Hay Petrie (stage door keeper)
Frank Fox (Karl)
George Butler (Air Marshall Gosport)
Gordon McLeod (the baron)
John Longdon (John Peters)

Alternative Titles

Clouds over Europe – US title


Film Weekly vol.22 no.561 (15 July 1939) p.31
Kine Weekly no.1663 (2 March 1939)
Kine Weekly no.1940 (22 June 1944)
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.6 no.63 (March 1939) p.41
Motion Picture Herald vol.134 no.10 (11 March 1939)
The Picturegoer vol.9 no.432 (2 September 1939) p.26
Sight & Sound vol.8 no.31 (Autumn 1939) p.100
Today's Cinema vol.62 no.5046 (16 June 1944)

Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.99-100
British Sound Films: The Studio Years 1928-1959 by David Quinlan p.133 – credits, synopsis
The Columbia Checklist: The Feature Films, Cartoons, Serials and Short Subjects of Columbia Pictures, 1922-1988 by Len D. Martin pp.57-58
Columbia Pictures Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films, 1928-1982 by Michael R. Pitts pp.38-39
The Espionage Filmography: United States Releases, 1898 through 1999 by Paul Mavis p.60
Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.87
by Walt Lee p.69 – credits