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Test Pilot (1938)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 22 April 1938 (USA)
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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Airs Fri. Dec. 16, 7:00 AM on TCM

Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Ann Thurston Barton
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Gunner Morse
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Howard B. Drake
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General Ross
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Landlady
Ted Pearson ...
Joe
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Mrs. May Benson
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Greg Benson
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Sarah
Priscilla Lawson ...
Mabel
Claudia Coleman ...
Mrs. Frank Barton
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Mr. Frank 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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pilot | marriage | danger | mechanic | farm | See All (15) »

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The greatest cast, the grandest romance, the most amazing adventure thrills ever photographed -- all combined to give you the biggest picture that M-G-M ever made! Eight hundred airplanes! Cast of thousands! See more »

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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22 April 1938 (USA)  »

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(Turner library print)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast in Philadelphia Wednesday 14 November 1956 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by New York City Wednesday 9 January 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2) and by Los Angeles Friday 1 March 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it was first aired in San Francisco 27 February 1960 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

Goofs

When the plane is going down in a Kansas field, there are clearly mountains in the background. There are no mountains in Kansas. Not even so much as foothills. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Thousands Cheer (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

The Prisoner's Song (If I Had the Wings of an Angel)
(1924) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Guy Massey
Sung a cappella by Clark Gable, Myrna Loy and others
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wonderful fun
18 March 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Like their movie TOO HOT TO HANDLE, this movie proves that Myrna Loy and Clark Gable made a great team (provided you, of course, don't count Parnell). Their chemistry, though less famous than William Powell and Myrna Loy, is great. The light and fun movies they did together are among my favorites of the 1930s. Now I am NOT saying they are the BEST, as there were many films that were more significant or realistic. But, sometimes I just want a film that is fun for fun's sake and doesn't necessarily have great depth. And you can't do a lot better than this film for just such a film. Wonderful acting, a cute plot and dialog and action combine to make a very enjoyable film that will most likely encourage you to look for more like it.


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