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Flight Command (1940)

Passed | | Drama, War | 27 December 1940 (USA)
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

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Lorna Gary
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Squadron Cmdr. Billy Gary
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Lieut. Cmdr. 'Dusty' Rhodes
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Lieut. Jerry Banning
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Lieut. 'Mugger' Martin
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C.P.O. 'Spike' Knowles
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Lieut. 'Stichy' Payne
William Tannen ...
Lieut. Freddy Townsend
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Lieut. Bush
Stanley Smith ...
Lieut. Frost
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Vice Admiral
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1st Duty Officer
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2nd Duty Officer
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Captain
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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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Drama | War

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Passed | See all certifications »
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27 December 1940 (USA)  »

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Alas en la niebla  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Wires are clearly visible on most of the miniature aircraft. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood: Style Center of the World (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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Effective WWII Aviation Cadet Saga

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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