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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 Mon. Feb. 26, 6:00 AM on TCM

Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Jim Lane
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Gunner Morse
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Howard B. Drake
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General Ross
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Joe
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Mrs. May Benson
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Greg Benson
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Sarah
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Mabel
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Mrs. Frank Barton
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Mr. Frank Barton
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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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I Can't Quit . . . I'm a Test Pilot See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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

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Der Testpilot  »

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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 Seattle 14 October 1956 on KING (Channel 5), and Philadelphia Wednesday 14 November 1956 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by Altoona PA Friday 23 November 1956 on WFBG (Channel 10); it first aired in New York City 9 January 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2) , in Chicago 24 February 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Los Angeles 1 March 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11) and in Minneapolis 15 May 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9); it was first seen 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 »

Quotes

Ann Thurston Barton: You're a funny looking gazabo
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Connections

Featured in That's Entertainment! (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Let Me Call You Sweetheart
(1910) (uncredited)
Music by Leo Friedman
Lyrics by Beth Slater Whitson
Sung by the Party Guests
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Just a great film...
11 September 2008 | by 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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