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A rookie flyer, Ens. Alan Drake, joins the famous Hellcats Squadron right out of flight school in Pensacola. He doesn't make a great first impression when he is forced to ditch his airplane and parachute to safety when he arrives at the base but is unable to land due to heavy fog. On his first official outing, his poor shooting skills results in the Hellcats losing an air combat competition. His fellow pilots accept him anyway but they think he's crossed the line when they erroneously conclude that while their CO Billy Gray is away, Drake has an affair with his wife Lorna. Drake is now an outcast and is prepared to resign from the Navy but his extreme heroism in saving Billy Gray's life turns things around. Written by
The aircraft carrier used at the end of the movie was the USS Enterprise (CV-6). The deck markings can be seen as EN on the bow and stern. A photo of the USS Enterprise (CV-6) from 1939 on Wikipedia confirms this. See more »
Wires are clearly visible on most of the miniature aircraft. See more »
This is a typical, professionally made, enjoyable though unremarkable film using the "hotshot cadet needs to prove himself" formula. Robert Taylor joins a Navy pilot program and both has to prove himself as a professional team member and extricate himself from the reputation of having had a perceived love affair with the Commander's wife. He also has to validate a fog landing radar invention willed him by a dead and valiant pilot. It all resolves itself in just under two hours. Special Effects earned an Oscar nom
they were well done but not extraordinary in any way. Trivia buffs
will notice in Ruth Hussey's scene in her bedroom following dinner with Taylor that the music begins with that used for the scene in which Scarlett discovers her dead mother in GWTW. Franz Waxman is credited with the score
who stole from whom?
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