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Emergency Landing (1941)

Passed | | Action, Drama, Romance | 7 March 1941 (USA)
A test pilot and his weather observer develop a "robot" control so airplanes can be flown without pilots, but enemy agents get wind of it and try to steal it or destroy it.



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Cast overview:
Carol Hughes ...
Betty Lambert
Maude Lambert
Emmett Vogan ...
William Halligan ...
George B. Lambert
George Sherwood ...
Thornton Edwards ...
Pedro (as Joaquin Edwards)
Karl (as Stan Jolley)
Stanley Price ...
Otto (as Stanford Price)
Jack Lescoulie ...
Capt. North (as Joe Hartman)
Paul Scott ...
Col. Lemon
Midget Judge (as Little Billy)


Because of a back-log of war orders, the Lambert Airplane factory is unable to try-out the robot-controlled plane developed by test pilot Jerry Barton and weather bureau observer, "Doc" Williams. The pair lie in wait for factory owner George B. Lambert while he is playing golf with his spoiled débutant daughter, Betty, and send up their radio-controlled model where Lambert cannot fail to notice it. But Jerry sets the model down in a pool of water and douses Betty. Lambert authorizes Jerry and Doc to test their remote-controlled robot pilot on one of his planes for the Army. Jerry flies the plane up, bails out and Doc is to land the plane using his remote control box. But foreign agents, wishing to hamper the development of the robot pilot, have tampered with the controls, and Doc is unable to pull the plane out of a spin, and it crashes. Lambert fires Jerry and he and Doc return to the remote weather outpost to do more work on their invention. Betty, on her way to Hollywood to be a ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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pilot | robot | test pilot | model | desert | See All (51) »


She'd lile to get her hands on his throat...and he's trying to get his arms about her waist See more »


Action | Drama | Romance | War


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Release Date:

7 March 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Robot Pilot  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecast occurred Monday 9 April 1945 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). See more »

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Silly and Unbelievable
10 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There is little to recommend this. It's a silly tale of some people trying to develop a remote control plane to be used in war. Most of it is a meaningless romance where spoiled people are holed up in the desert. One is trying to teach the others a lesson. Some gasoline is stolen, some bad guys come to mess things up, but mostly not a thing happens. There is a lot of screaming and pratfalls. The main character is pretty tiresome. The joke goes on and on and on. The plane, which should be the star of the show, is practically non-existent. It would be interesting to see what technology there was at the time. I'm sure the truth of that question would be much more interesting than anything that happens in this film.

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