Given the job of training young pilots for important post-war cargo flights, hard-boiled Col. Stockton forces ex-officer Stag Cahill back into the military to be his aide at the academy. ... See full summary »

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Given the job of training young pilots for important post-war cargo flights, hard-boiled Col. Stockton forces ex-officer Stag Cahill back into the military to be his aide at the academy. Complications arise when Stockton's son Kenneth arrives for training and Stockton, believing his son to be a slackard, looks for an excuse to drop him from the program. Rivalry develops between Stag and Ken as well, as they fall for the same girl. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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A story of the mighty men who paved the cloud road to Asia with the thrill of flight! (original poster) See more »


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Airplanes in order of their appearance include a Northrop Gamma 2D-2 (s/n 12, NC2111); American Airlines' Douglas DST-217 "Flagship Washington" (s/n 1976, N18144) [note: door is on right side vs traditional left - an AA specification]; a Ryan ST-A (NC16039); a Fairchild 24C-8C (NC15346), the Lockheed 12A Electra Junior (c/n 1207, NC58Y), the Lockheed Sirius 8A (s/n 151, NC117W); and in the final scene, a Stinson SR 9. See more »

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When You and I Were Young, Maggie (1866)
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Pilot School
29 November 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Had Sky Giant been made at Warner Brothers this would have been a property done by James Cagney and Pat O'Brien in the roles played by Chester Morris and Richard Dix respectively.

Morris is the son of the head of the civilian pilot school Harry Carey and Richard Dix is the number two at the place. Morris is the cocky sort like Cagney and Dix is the instructor that has to take some of the deviltry out of him before he makes a good and steady pilot. Some of this ground was already covered in Devil Dogs of the Air.

Of course they both fall for the same girl who in this case is Joan Fontaine who is the sister of another pilot, Paul Guilfoyle.

From Devil Dogs of the Air the plot shifts rather dramatically to something like Island in the Sky as Dix, Morris and Guilfoyle crash somewhere in the Yukon Territory while mapping an Arctic air route. Of course the difference between Sky Giant and Island in the Sky is the difference between RKO's back lot version of the Arctic and Warner Brothers in the early fifties shooting Island in the Sky on location. The production values of the latter film are light years in comparison to Sky Giant.

But the cast in Sky Giant give good and sincere performances, it wasn't work that anyone had to be ashamed of.

Joan Fontaine's career was working out something like her sister Olivia DeHavilland over at Warner Brothers. A whole stream of good girl heroines. Both would break out of that mold in the forties roughly around the same time.

Sky Giant is a good product from a studio that mostly did B films of this nature. Not their fault that they didn't have the facilities for the production values of the bigger studios.


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