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The Sky Pilot (1921)

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The sky pilot is a preacher who helps Gwen walk again after a near-fatal accident.



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Cast overview:
John Bowers ...
The Sky Pilot
David Butler ...
Bill Hendricks
Harry Todd ...
The Old Timer
James Corrigan ...
Honorable Ashley
Donald MacDonald ...
The Duke
Kathleen Kirkham ...
Lady Charlotte


The sky pilot is a preacher who helps Gwen walk again after a near-fatal accident.

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Manden fra Bjergene  »

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God Gets Subtext
4 March 2015 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

The tiny western settlement of "Swan Creek" is assigned a preacher from Montreal, idealistic John Bowers (as Arthur Wellington Moore). He arrives on a dry day, with an open umbrella and a mule. Since the Godless community has no place to worship, Mr. Bowers sets up his first sermon at the local watering-hole. In the saloon, Bowers meets rowdy ranch foreman David Butler (as Bill Hendricks). The men have a wild brawl and wind up wrestling on the floor. It turns out to be classic male-bonding. Afterwards, Bowers gently wipes the blood from Mr. Hendricks' cheek and all is forgiven...

Shortly thereafter, when Hendricks cradles Bowers head after taking him to bed, you wonder what is going on between the men; director King Vidor shoots this like it's a love scene. The men look like they're about to kiss. Probably, they're just dealing with some latent issues. Both also seem attracted to pretty Colleen Moore (as Gwen). Sporting her pre-flapper Mary Pickford hair, Ms. Moore is the most fetching female on film. She suffers a mishap, but Christian love may provide a cure...

For those unfamiliar with the old titular term, or the 1968 anti-war anthem "Sky Pilot" by Eric Burdon & the Animals, "The Sky Pilot" is a minister who provides guidance for your trip to heaven. This film has a good lead with Bowers, and Mr. Vidor ramps it up with interesting direction and good-looking production values. Moore is sweet, but Butler steals the performance honors as second lead. Oddly enough, it looks like Bowers would rather be with Butler than Moore. Bowers' final scene with Moore reveals he's not at all satisfied with his partner. Just look at that man's confused and wary face...

******* The Sky Pilot (4/17/21) King Vidor ~ John Bowers, David Butler, Colleen Moore, Harry Todd

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