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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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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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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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Drama | Romance

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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

Reportedly Myrna Loy's personal favorite movie of all her films. See more »

Goofs

Jim Lane is seen with a bottle of champagne in one hand, a glass in the other. He pours himself a glass of champagne and starts to say a line of dialogue; the camera angle changes before he finishes his sentence, but now the bottle and the glass have suddenly switched hands. See more »

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Featured in Another Romance of Celluloid (1938) See more »

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Testing for World War Two
22 January 2001 | by (flint mi) – See all my reviews

This film is essentially about testing planes for the war that anyone who even had a passing interest in international affairs knew was unavoidable, World War Two. The plot deals with the experimental phase of flying military equipment, of which the United States had inferior quality and little quantity in 1938. In the interest of progress, test pilots were willing to take to the air and strain both themselves and their equipment beyond normal bounds. The mythology is enhanced by the prologue in terms of the lack of the publication of "the specifications of government aircraft." It is probably just as well since America's enemies generally had better aircraft before the American involvement, except perhaps for the C-47 and the B-17. This initial disclaimer only sharpens the fiction of the film. The movie is worth a look if one is even mildly interested in aircraft lore.


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