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WWI flyer Eddie Rickenbaker remembers his life which brought him from a car salesman, race driver and pilot in WWI, to an important person in the early years of civil airline service, after his plane crashed in the South Pacific in late 1942. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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"Rick" is on the Screen ! The Gripping . . . Exciting Story of America's First Ace of Aces !

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19 June 1945 (USA)  »

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El capitán Eddie  »

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The premiere of this film was held in Rickenbacker's hometown of Columbus, Ohio at The Ohio Theatre on August 1, 1945. In attendance were 20th Century Fox film stars Carole Landis, Peggy Ann Garner, James Dunne & Lloyd Nolan along with Ohio politicians Congressman Jerry Vooris, Mayor of Columbus Jim Rhodes, and Governor Frank Lausche. See more »

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I liked it a lot.
16 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was 10 when I saw this movie. I have memories of scenes from favorite films as early as 1940. This is one of them. I left the theater feeling entertained, happy they were rescued, educated about Rickenbacker's career and thrilled. At that age I was not capable of critical review but have always wondered why I never saw it again. Perhaps I was too unsophisticated to make a valid judgment. I did, however, remember that MacMurray was the star. I looked it up to learn why it was never re- released. In that era few movies were deliberately aimed at the young including war films and westerns. Even the Disney films were popular with adults. I was an avid moviegoer with minimal supervision and lots of nearby theaters so I recall many which were not written for the children but still left me with fond memories of their value for me. That is the basis for my rating.


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