A conceited, reckless society playboy, Harley Ames, arrives at Ginger Bar, a former banana-shipping depot on the edge of the Panama Canal, that has been converted to a training-and-relay ... See full summary »
FantasticFest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and action movies from all around the world. Here's a list of some of our favorite movies at FantasticFest.
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Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom
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Brillant pianist Larry Addams allows his frustrated ambitions to ruin his life and commits suicide, leaving his wife, Lee, and two small children, Penny and Chase, under the stigma of ... See full summary »
Robert Z. Leonard
Van Johnson is a navy pilot in WWII, who has been shot down in the Pacific on a bombing mission. He and a wounded comrade are the only survivors of the mission and are lost at sea. As they ... See full summary »
A conceited, reckless society playboy, Harley Ames, arrives at Ginger Bar, a former banana-shipping depot on the edge of the Panama Canal, that has been converted to a training-and-relay station for U. S. Army bombers being flown back-and-forth to Africa for further training of the pilots. Although he is a capable pilot, Ames immediately incurs the enmity of the training-officer, "Hardtack" Hamilton, because he is reckless and also because he is making a play for Susan Merril, the field-commander's daughter with whom "Tack" is in love. Because of a broken date by Susan, Ames gets drunk and, the next day, crashes his ship on combat training killing another pilot in the process. Now, he must redeem himself. Maybe he'd get a chance if "Tack" and another pilot would have a crash in the jungle. Written by
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This WWII story of melting pot recruits -- in this case, bomber pilots -- has all the usual wisecracks, including the one about Brooklyn -- is perfectly ordinary. Chester Morris, who is usually good, is particularly good in this one with his usual straightforward performance. This is the sort of movie that made John Wayne and Randolph Scott superstars, but Morris was a little too old, lacked momentum in his career -- he had already spent too many years in B pictures -- and so never escaped. He would shortly go into the Boston Blackie series and while he would work steadily and well through his death -- right up through his role in THE GREAT WHITE HOPE in 1970 -- his career would not provide many high spots.
Still, if you haven't seen too many movies of this sort, you might enjoy this as much as I did.
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