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Women in the Wind (1939)

Approved | | Drama | 15 April 1939 (USA)
A pilot enters an aviation race in order to win enough money to pay for her brother's medical treatment, and encounters difficulty with a rival pilot.

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Cast

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Janet Steele
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Ace Boreman
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Doc
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Stuffy McInnes
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Denny Corson
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Frieda Boreman
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Kit Campbell
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Bill Steele
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Johnnie
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Sloan (scenes deleted)
Spencer Charters ...
Farmer
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Farmer's Wife
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Palmer
Gordon Hart ...
Air Races Official
Ila Rhodes ...
Joan
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A pilot enters an aviation race in order to win enough money to pay for her brother's medical treatment, and encounters difficulty with a rival pilot.

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Mulheres que o Vento Leva  »

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Denny's plane that Janet flies in the race is a Cessna C-34 "Airmaster", registration NC15821. Made from 1935 to the beginning of WWII, a total of 228 of all variants were made, 42 being the C-34. According to FAA records, this particular plane is still registered to a private individual in the state of Washington (as of 2016). See more »

Goofs

When Johnnie turns on the radio on his desk the music begins to play instantly. The tube type radios of this time period had to warm up, usually for 10 or more seconds, before they began producing sound. See more »

Quotes

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[a biplane roars into the frame. Fade to the front page of the fictional New York Recorder: "ACE BOREMAN DUE SOON, CIRCLING THE WORLD WITHIN EIGHTY HOURS; FLYER NEARS NEW YORK; RECORD WELL IN HAND; SHIP STILL GOES WELL; Ace Boreman's world-circling airplane, Polly, passed over the liner Normandie at 8:00 o'clock..." Closeup on Ace and Stuffy in the cockpit, cut to a view of the southern tip of Manhattan, and back to the cockpit]
Ace Boreman: There she is!
'Stuffy' McInnes: [blankly] What "she" are you talkin' ...
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Soundtracks

Deep in a Dream
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Played at the bar when Janet first meets Ace and later on Johnnie's radio
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Above average Kay in her B movie years
25 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kay Francis is one of the "Women in the Wind" in this 1939 film centering around a female pilot flying contest. Kay plays Janet Steele, whose brother was a famous pilot until crippled in a flying accident. She wants money to hire a specialist, so being a good pilot herself, she decides to enter a flying contest for women where the reward is $15,000. She approaches recent flying record-winner Ace Boreman (William Gargan) for his plane, Polly. She finally convinces him to let her use it when what he thinks is his ex-wife Frieda (Sheila Bromley) steps in and tells him their divorce isn't legal, the plane is hers, and she's flying it in the race. All Janet knows is that Ace reneged; what she doesn't find out is that gets an even better plane for her to fly - it's set up so that she doesn't know it's from him. The race is on.

This is a good movie, nicely directed by John Farrow and well above the dreck Warners handed Francis to get her to quit. The cast is good and includes Eddie Foy, Frank Faylen and Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom in smaller roles. Eve Arden does a lively job as a friend and competitor in the race. Gargan was famous when I was growing up because he had a laryngectomy - interesting guy - he does okay here, but it's nothing special. Victor Jory plays Janet's boyfriend, a doctor who is encouraging her to hire the specialist.

All in all, pretty good, and Francis does her usual terrific job.


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