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Tyrone Power is a pilots' pilot, but he doesn't believe in anything beyond his own abilities. He gets into trouble by flying a new fighter directly to Canada instead of to New York and ... See full summary »

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Carol Brown
John Sutton ...
Wing Commander Morley
Reginald Gardiner ...
Roger Pillby
Donald Stuart ...
Cpl. Harry Baker
Ralph Byrd ...
Al Bennett
Richard Fraser ...
Thorndyke
Denis Green ...
Flight Lt. Redmond
Bruce Lester ...
Flight Lt. Sterling Richardson
Gilchrist Stuart ...
Wales
Lester Matthews ...
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Frederick Worlock ...
Canadian Major
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Lady Fitzhugh
Fortunio Bonanova ...
Louie - Headwaiter
James Craven ...
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Tyrone Power is a pilots' pilot, but he doesn't believe in anything beyond his own abilities. He gets into trouble by flying a new fighter directly to Canada instead of to New York and letting it be towed across as the law demands, but is offered a new job ferrying bombers to war torn England. While on a layover he finds Betty Grable, an old flame, has joined the RAF as a WREN in her attempt to fight for democracy. Power joins up to impress her and in the course of his several missions begins to develope an understanding of what they are fighting for. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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ROLLICKING ROMANCE! GLORIOUS ADVENTURE! (original ad - all caps)


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9 February 1942 (Sweden)  »

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The Eagle Flies Again  »

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The original screenplay had the American lead character Tim Baker, played by Tyrone Power, die at the end of the movie during a German aircraft attack. According to notes from the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Arts-Special Collections Library, a 25 November 1940 conference stated "the serious objection to Ty [Tyrone Power] would be that audiences would resent his dying at the finish, and not getting the girl." Moreover, according to the book "The Films of World War II" by Joe Morella, Edward Z. Epstein and John Griggs, the British military establishment requested that the studio allow the character to live because "apparently they didn't want to give American moviegoers the impression that Americans helping Britain would die." Notes from the Script Collection report a further conference on 31 January 1941 that substantiates this by saying that Zanuck had had discussions, "unofficially with some British officials." English officialdom had felt that the lead character should not die, thereby not showing any more deaths than those that were absolutely essential to the movie's story. Further, a film with a major star like Power was also unlikely to have him killed at the end anyway, which also may have affected the box office. The original ending in which Baker was killed was actually filmed. On 18 August 1941, "The Hollywood Reporter" stated that Darryl F. Zanuck ordered a new ending to be filmed. A 13 September 1941 "Motion Picture Herald" article states "the happy ending [was] filmed after early preview audiences protested the killing of the hero at Dunkirk." See more »

Goofs

Close shots of Baker in the Spitfire show a canopy more like a Hawker Hurricane canopy rather than a Spitfire. It is distinctly different to the canopies of the Spitfires in the background. See more »

Quotes

Tim Baker: Well, I haven't looked at another girl since you left.
Carol Brown: Well, I've looked at other men.
Tim Baker: Maybe, but I'll bet you didn't look at them the same way you looked at me that first night in Kansas City. Remember?... You were going east, and I was going west; then we saw each other, and I was going east!
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Bless 'em All
(uncredited)
Written by Fred Godfrey
Played when Baker is waiting backstage for Carol
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Typical 1940s War Film
6 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

On the one hand we have Tyrone Power and Betty Grable, and they make a great couple.

On the other hand we have the typical 1940s disregard for anything remotely resembling accuracy about airplanes and the military. As an example, an early scene involves a leaflet drop over Berlin from Lockheed Hudson coastal patrol bombers, which sported four (or five) .30 cal machine guns - two fixed firing forward, two in a dorsal turret, and (MK II on) one firing down and aft.

The Luftwaffe would have had the airliner-derived patrol bombers for lunch, as they were pretty much defenseless from below except from behind.


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