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Forced Landing (1941)

Unrated | | Action, Adventure, Mystery | 11 July 1941 (USA)
On faraway Mosaque, an American pilot finds that he is in a desperate struggle with a military officer intent on sabotaging a local fort.




Complete credited cast:
Johanna Van Deuren
Andros Banshek
Colonel Jan Golas
Doctor Vidalek's Housekeeper
Mikhail Rasumny ...
Hendrick Van Deuren
General Valdane
Frank Yaconelli ...
Zomar - the Grocer
Thornton Edwards ...
Felig - Rebel Lieutenant
Bobby Dillon ...
Major Xanders
Dr. Vidalek


Deliberately set in an imaginary country, American pilot Dan Kendall falls for an exotic foreigner, Johanna Van Deuren but finds he has to fight her fiancé, Col Golas. Released from military prison on a promise that he will fly for the country's civil airline. His first mission is to fly Van Deuren to a fort where her father has fallen ill and the workers are disgruntled and penniless. The payroll flight he promises brings Dan into conflict with Galos who has been sabotaging the flights to the fort. A final confrontation pits both men against each other with Johanna caught in the middle. A desperate struggle ends with Galos crashing and Dan finally able to wed his love. Written by Bill Zuk

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Release Date:

11 July 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aterrissagem Forçada  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »


Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Music by Victor Young
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A chance to see a very young Eva Gabor.
1 March 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Forced Landing" is a cheaply made film that doesn't have a lot to recommend it. However, at the same time, for what it is, it's pretty good and entertaining. Plus, it gives you a chance to see a young Eva Gabor--and she looks so amazingly different from the lady who later starred on "Green Acres"! The film is set in the fictional Pacific nation of Mosaque. Oddly, the residents all look Mexican--especially the leader of the revolutionary forces (J. Carrol Naish). I am not sure why they didn't place the film in Central America or perhaps the Caribbean, as there are no places even remotely like Mosaque in the Pacific. This isn't really a complaint--just an observation.

Dan Kendall (Richard Arlen) is an American who inexplicably has joined the Mosaque air force. Considering his dislike for the dictator, the Colonel, it is odd. Obviously he loves to fly and this ends up nearly costing Dan his life. During the course of the film, he ends up meeting and falling in love with Johanna Van Deuren (Eva Gabor)--the Colonel's girlfriend! Considering he's a despot, you can assume this will eventually unleash the Colonel's wrath. What exactly happens next, you'll have to see for yourself.

This is a decent adventure movie. Nothing more, nothing less. But I did enjoy it and felt it was a decent time-passer.

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