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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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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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15 April 1939 (USA)  »

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Mulheres que o Vento Leva  »

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At the airport, Janet walks by a rare Arrow model F, registration NC17023, made in 1936. Only 103 were built between 1934 and 1936. It was a low-wing monoplane, powered by a modified Ford V8 automobile engine. Its initial price was only $1,500 ($27,000 in 2016). See more »

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When Kit is attempting to land at Cleveland, the smoke generator attached to her left landing gear is clearly visible as the origin of the smoke - not the plane's engine or exhaust. See more »

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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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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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See Kay Francis stuck in a B-film!
28 September 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Only a couple years before this film was made, Kay Francis was the highest paid and most prestigious actress at Warner Brothers. However, with the improving stature of Bette Davis in recent years, Warners decided to cut Francis loose--she was just too expensive in their eyes to justify keeping her. So here we have Kay at the end of her Warner contract consigned to star in a B-movie--my how the mighty have fallen! Ironically, she was now making the same type films David had been making when Francis was in her heyday. Soon after finishing this film, Francis landed at poverty row studio Monogram where she finished up her career. Despite being a B (and a not particularly distinguished one at that), Francis did try her best and I must applaud her for acting like a real trooper!

The film begins with a fat-headed pilot setting a speed record in a plane that obviously could not have set a record in the late 30s (by then, biplanes just couldn't match the speeds of monoplanes). Kay's brother, a famous pilot, is in need of an operation and she thinks that if she can convince the fat-head to let her borrow his plane, she can win a women's air race. Well, the guy actually agrees but the plan falls through when his conniving ex-wife shows up and announces that their Mexican divorce isn't legal and she takes the plane. So, we have poor old Francis and her brother left in the cold. Will plucky Kay get another plane and win the race to give her brother that needed operation? What do you think!!!???

From the description above, you might think that the plot sure sounds clichéd--and you'd be right. Despite this and a generally weak script, the film is still fun and blessedly short. While far from a "must-see" film, it is worth a peek if you are a Kay Francis fan or if you like airplane films. Otherwise, it's not a bad idea to skip this one.


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