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Pilot #5 (1943)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, War | 27 January 1944 (Mexico)
In March 1942, on the island of Java, Indonesia, a Dutch major selects a pilot for a dangerous mission from the five U.S. Army airmen under his command. While waiting for word from the pilot, the others tell his life story to the major.

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A small group of Allied soldiers and airmen on Java are being bombed by Japanese planes daily. With only one working fighter of their own, and five pilots anxious to fly it, the Dutch commander chooses George Collins to fly a mission to drop a 500-lb bomb on the Japanese carrier lying offshore. As the flight progresses, the commander asks the other pilots to tell him about George. They recount his rise from brilliant law student, through the time he became involved in the corrupt machine of his state's Governor, and his attempts to redeem himself, both in his own eyes, and in Freddie, his long-time love. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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THROUGH THE SKYWAYS to glory! See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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27 January 1944 (Mexico)  »

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Destination Tokyo  »

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$486,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film was a success at the box office, earning MGM a profit of $174,000 ($2.52M in 2017) according to studio records. See more »

Quotes

Freddie: He's just not your kind of people.
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Crazy Credits

Opening card: Millions of men have taken up arms to defend their freedom against the forces who would destroy it. One of these millions was George Collins. This is his story, before and after Pearl Harbor. See more »

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Referenced in American Masters: Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Should I (Reveal?)
(1929)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Played as background music in the bar
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During WWII, dedication to country was portrayed by Pilot #5.
2 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

There was just one american aircraft left on the small South Pacific island. Five remaining pilots stood in formation as the commander asked for a volunteer to fly out to the threatening Japanese fleet. All five volunteered. The commander had to determine which volunteer to choose. He asked each one in turn why he wanted to fly the mission. Answers like "The dirty Japs killed my brother at...", etc. Then, pilot no. 5 was asked why he was volunteering. His answer was "For my country."

These words of dedication to country made a lasting impression on an 11 year-old boy.


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