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Flight Command (1940)

Passed  |   |  Drama, War  |  27 December 1940 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lorna Gary
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Squadron Cmdr. Billy Gary
Paul Kelly ...
Lieut. Cmdr. 'Dusty' Rhodes
Shepperd Strudwick ...
Lieut. Jerry Banning
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Lieut. 'Mugger' Martin
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C.P.O. 'Spike' Knowles
Dick Purcell ...
Lieut. 'Stichy' Payne
William Tannen ...
Lieut. Freddy Townsend
William Stelling ...
Lieut. Bush
Stanley Smith ...
Lieut. Frost
Addison Richards ...
Vice Admiral
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1st Duty Officer
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2nd Duty Officer
Forbes Murray ...
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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 garykmcd

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27 December 1940 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The squadron is based at Naval Air Station North Island, which still exists today in San Diego, CA. See more »

Goofs

When Cmdr. Gary is in his hospital bed, after his head/brain surgery, he is still wearing his navy ring. In truth all jewelry is removed for surgery in case of swelling, for one reason. See more »

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Featured in The Miracle of Sound (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Anchors Aweigh
(1906) (uncredited)
Written by Charles A. Zimmerman, Alfred Hart Miles and R. Lovell
Played as part of the score in the Pensacola sequence
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Aviation movie stays earthbound
18 October 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is in some respects the Top Gun of its era-a drama about pilots ,and in particular the efforts of a hotshot trainee cadet from the flying academy at Pensacola to be accepted by the pilots of an elite service corps to which he is posted. The pilot -played by Robert Taylor-does not make a propitious start ,being forced to ditch his plane in heavy fog and mistaking his Commanding Officer's wife for a possible date .Matters get worse when a project he becomes involved with ,that aims to make it possible to land safely in fog ,goes fatally wrong ,and he is also falsely suspected of breaking up his C.O ' marriage. The second world war is taking place(There are references to Dunkirk) but the U S is not yet involved and the movie lacks the impetus that some combat sequences would have given to it. Its poorly acted -Taylor is as wooden as ever ,Ruth Hussey is frankly awful and even the normally dependable Walter Pidgeon looks as if he would rather be doing something else Frank Borzage was an excellent director in more romantic and poetic movies but is like a fish out of water in the macho world of aviation and square jawed heroics . The end product is frankly dull.


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