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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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I Can't Quit . . . I'm a Test Pilot See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

22 April 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Testpilot  »

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(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The four engine bomber flown by Gable and Tracy near the end of the film when they are flying with the simulated bomb load was a Model 299, which was bought by the Army Air Force and became the yb-17 while testing continued until it became operational as the b-17a. 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 »

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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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