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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 Sun. Nov. 26, 3:00 PM on TCM

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

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Jim Lane
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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
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Joe
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Mrs. May Benson
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Greg Benson
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Sarah
Priscilla Lawson ...
Mabel
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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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I Can't Quit . . . I'm a Test Pilot 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 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 Jim Lane and Gunner get in the B-17 and begin to taxi, there are no numbers visible on either side of the nose. The next shot (starting the takeoff roll) shows a large deformed "S8" painted on the left side of the nose, but it is actually a reversed shot of no. "82", Two shots later the B-17 nose has changed to an obviously reversed "52", along with an obviously reversed BB52 on the tail fin. All of the shots in the air and during the crash depict a B-17 without numbers on the nose or tail. After Lane rejoins the Army Air Corp and he is lecturing the B-17 crew members, the fourth B-17 in line is "52" and the fifth B-17 is "82" with both nose and tail fin BB numbers. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Romance of Celluloid (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Goodbye Blues
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Written by Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields and Arnold Johnson
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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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