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Mercy Plane (1939)

Approved  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  4 December 1939 (USA)
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In this Producers Pictures Corporation production, distributed by Producers Distributing Corporation (and both company names would soon become Producers Releasing Corporation, both as a ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
James Dunn ...
Brenda Gordon
Matty Fain ...
Rocco Wolf
William Pawley ...
James J. 'Big Jim' Gordon
Harry Harvey ...
Forbes Murray ...
Edwin Max ...
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In this Producers Pictures Corporation production, distributed by Producers Distributing Corporation (and both company names would soon become Producers Releasing Corporation, both as a production and a distributing company), air-race champions "Speed" Leslie and Branda Fowler combine to open a very profitable airplane service that flies patients to other cities for special treatment. Gangsters soon move in and offer to take over, without an invitation. Written by Les Adams <>

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4 December 1939 (USA)  »

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Il pilota della morte  »

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Fair film concerning plane thieves. Amazingly the heroine always looks spectacular, even after a plane crash
10 July 2009 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

James Dunn plays a hot shot flier who makes his money from air races and test piloting. He is having his pride hurt because of late he's losing his races to a hot shot female pilot. Dunn takes a job as a test pilot in order to help test a new "Mercy" plane, designed to aide in rescues in difficult places. Unfortunately the plane is stolen and Dunn is framed by a gang of thieves specializing in plane theft, and headed by the owner of rival plane manufacturer. The head of the bad guys is also the brother of the female ace, who is unaware of her brother's evil ways. Will Dunn clear his good name? Will the fliers fall in love? Will the female flier's hair ever look bad? (The answer is yes to two of the proceeding questions.) Okay but rambling tale of fliers, robbers and romance. The film seems to he heading in several directions all at the same time and occasionally seems not to be too sure where its going. Certainly the film has little connection to reality since everyone always looks spectacular, especially our heroine who's hair looks beauty parlor perfect after taking off her flying cap or not the slight bit wrinkled after being in a crashed plane. Dunn, a solid supporting actor, is in the lead and as is his norm, he seems to feel a bit out of sorts carrying the whole film. The over all effect of the uneasy elements is for a curiously muted film. Its not bad, but you get the sense that had a little bit of thought been put into it this might have been a great little film instead of an okay one. Worth a try if you run across it but not worth searching out.

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