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Test Pilot (1938)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance  -  22 April 1938 (USA)
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Jim is a test pilot. His wife Ann and best friend Gunner try their best to keep him sober. But the life of a test pilot is anything but safe.

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Jim
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Ann
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Gunner
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Drake
Samuel S. Hinds ...
General Ross
Marjorie Main ...
Landlady
Ted Pearson ...
Joe
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Mrs. Benson
Louis Jean Heydt ...
Benson
Virginia Grey ...
Sarah
Priscilla Lawson ...
Mable
Claudia Coleman ...
Mrs. Barton
Arthur Aylesworth ...
Mr. Barton
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Storyline

Jim Lane is a test pilot, whose professional life is dangerous, and whose personal life compensates for that danger by fast living and recklessness. As such, he lives from paycheck to paycheck, and is often in debt, but knows his lucrative job will eventually get him out of those debts. On a coast to coast record attempt speed flight, Jim's plane, the Drake Bullet (named after the company's owner), hits some mechanical problems and Jim is forced to make an emergency landing on a farmer's field in Kansas. The farm belongs to the Barton family, whose straight talking daughter, Ann Barton, falls for Jim, and visa versa. They impulsively decide to get married and live in New York. Jim's sidekick and mechanic, "Gunner" Morris, doesn't know if Jim and marriage go hand in hand, both because of the type of person he is and his profession. Ann too soon learns that she plays second fiddle to Jim's work, she referring to the sky as Jim's mistress. Ann also truly comes to understand the dangers ... Written by Huggo

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22 April 1938 (USA)  »

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(Turner library print)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The "Drake Bullet" was a Seversky P-35 single-seat fighter which had no back seat for Myrna Loy to sit in. See more »

Goofs

When Jim Lane sits the landlady down to talk to her about rent arrangements, he reaches out and holds her with his arms outstretched. On his left arm (closest to the camera), his wristwatch is alternately covered with his shirt cuff, then uncovered and visible, then covered, between shots. See more »


Soundtracks

Yours and Mine
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Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
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Just a great film...
11 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I list this under my 'Best' category for the simple fact that it's one of the best 'Buddy' pics of all time.

Tracy and Gable had already been on screen together, and both had already been award winners, but this one was just fun.

The story allows them to play off themselves with great range, and adding Myrna Loy only helps. The interaction is coy, innocent yet feisty, and lays a lot of groundwork for what 'buddy' comedy films still strive for.

Paced fairly well, with just a dash of drama, the film hits on all cylinders and is definitely a popcorn movie.

If you like this one, don't miss 'Boomtown' either.


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