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Olivia de Havilland,
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William K. Howard
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William A. Wellman
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.,
Commercial pilot Jim Blair is blackballed after his plane crashes in a thunderstorm. Depressed, he begins working as a bank teller until he meets beautiful Jill Collins, a barnstorming parachutist working with her daredevil pilot brother. Jim's immediately attracted, and when her brother's killed in a freak crash, he reveals his past to her and volunteers to replace her dead sibling in their air carnival act. As they tour throughout the Southwest, their affection turns physically intimate when they're on the road as they characteristically sleep in adjoining hotel rooms. Jill wants marriage but is resisted by Jim, who believes that his risky lifestyle precludes the luxury of a wife and family. When Jim's brother Bud joins them, he too is immediately attracted to Jill but respects his brother's relationship, However, after another freak accident puts Jim in the hospital for a prolonged convalescence, Jim returns to find them married and in bed together. Angry and bitter, he becomes a ... Written by
The Amarillo and Havana airports show significant mountain ranges in the background. However, both airports are situated in areas that are geographically very flat with no mountains to be seen for hundreds of miles. See more »
[to an injured Jim coming off the train]
Well, you're looking fine, Jim... considering.
Neil 'Bud' Blaine:
Considering what didn't get broken, got bent, eh!
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William Wellman liked flying and liked action, and there's plenty of both in this quick- moving Richard Barthelmess drama. He's a commercial pilot who's fired after a crash, then becomes a daredevil pilot for a parachute jumper (Sally Eilers, more than competent), then gets involved in an uncomfortable triangle when she falls for both him and his brother (Tom Brown, who seems too callow for the part), then becomes a devil-may-care mercenary pilot flying for various international political insurgencies. It's all over in under an hour and a half, much of which is spent in the sky, and climaxes with a daring sequence of one brother rescuing another in a deadly storm off the coast of Cuba. It could never happen that way, and would Barthelmess even be allowed a pilot's license, after losing an eye and a heel and demonstrating a noticeably unsafe, cavalier flying style? The ending isn't altogether satisfying, either--the writers have boxed themselves into a corner where we want Eilers to end up with one brother far more than the other. But it's an exciting journey, with some refreshing pre-Code elements, and Barthelmess was always good in these brooding roles.
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