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Tail Spin (1939)

Approved | | Drama | 19 February 1939 (USA)
Flyer enters a cross-country aerial derby, becomes rival to a wealthy society flyer, competes in parachute jumps and has love affairs.

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Trixie Lee
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Gerry Lester
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Lois Allen
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Babe Dugan
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Bud
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Al Moore
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Flyer enters a cross-country aerial derby, becomes rival to a wealthy society flyer, competes in parachute jumps and has love affairs.

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"Go In and Out the Window" (music by Lew Pollack, lyrics by Walter Bullock), sung by Alice Faye, was cut from the film. Miss Faye's prerecording still exists. See more »

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Trixie Lee: [on love] Well, you sort of buzz all over. You go around starry-eyed. You bump into a tree and you don't care. You just bow and give it a wave, and say, "Hello, tree," and bump right into another one.
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Are You in the Mood for Mischief?
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by Alice Faye
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Bkoganging had a really good point about this film...
2 October 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In their review of "Tail Spin", bkoganging described the film as if the writer, Spig Wead, had taken his inspiration from "Stage Door". At first I thought this sounded silly...then I watched the film. I think they were dead on--as the movie looks like a Wead film (after all, he was a pilot and often wrote about planes--and himself raced planes) combined with this famous RKO film where women are rivals-- but this time for trophies instead of acting parts. As such, the film sticks with the usual clichés. In addition, a HUGE cliché (and it annoyed me) was the husband who was about to go for the speed record. The very second I saw this scene, I KNEW exactly what would happen....just like what happened to DeadMeat in "Hot Shots"! Both of these detract from the movie a bit as it makes it rather easy to predict.

So despite this, is the film any good? Well, it is entertaining and the film features some decent acting. But as I said, the clichés prevent it from being anything more than just a pleasant time- passer. Worth seeing but certainly NOT a must-see movie.


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