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Flight for Freedom (1943)

Approved | | Biography, Drama | 15 April 1943 (USA)
The life of air pioneer Amelia Earhart is here given a fictionalized treatment, with a speculative conclusion.

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Fictionalized biography of Amelia Earhart (here called Tonie Carter). First, a flagwaving preface about air warfare in the Pacific; then flashing back to her first solo flight in 1932; whirlwind romance with sexist ace pilot Randy Britton; advanced training; a transcontinental race; world fame; first, aborted round-the-world flight; and her famous disappearance. This film popularized the theory that Earhart's disappearance was connected with secret work for the U.S. Navy. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Stand to Die  »

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Fictionalized account of the story and disappearance of aviator Amelia Earhart. See more »

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On the cigarette case the marked locations are incorrectly placed. The case shows Virginia Beach at Wilmington, NC and Delaware at Virginia Beach. See more »

Quotes

Paul Turner: Besides, fliers aren't good for women -- ever.
Tonie Carter: Oh, I know. Every flier's married to his plane.
Paul Turner: Not quite that bad. But they never know what's going on inside of other people. How can they? They live 10,000 feet up in a world entirely their own. Any girl's safer to leave them there.
Tonie Carter: Dad always used to say, when you're safe... you're dead.
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Featured in The Mysteries of Amelia Earhart (1998) See more »

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Sign of the Times
11 September 2004 | by (Yokosuka Japan) – See all my reviews

Movies like these were typical of the time. You must put this movie in that context. Too many critics compare the old movies and their politics with today's views. Flight for Freedom like so many films in the 1940's had a purpose; to win the hearts and minds of the average American who may have had doubts about why we were fighting. Amelia Earhart was an icon of the American spirit and therefore, by demonizing the Japanese military who may or may not have killed her; the US government could whip up a frenzy of resolve to fight the war on to the finish. Ironically, espionage is a capital offense in most countries and it was typical to be awarded a long sentence or a possible death penalty. But it makes good drama, since the thought of killing a female for such a crime is yet another possible reason for FDR to get the US into the war.


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