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Director William A. Wellman adds another to his long line of salutes-to-aviation films in this bio of an aviation pioneer, John Montgomery (Glenn Ford.) In 1883 he built a practical glider despite the opposition of his friends, who thought he was crazy, and of his family, who were afraid that his dreams of flying would hurt his father's political ambitions. He pursues his education at Santa Clara University where the Jesuits lend a helping and understanding hand. An earthquake destroys what appears to be a working model for an airplane, but a gold-sorting machine Montgomery invented, and then neglected, promises to provide for his financial needs to keep working on his aircraft until he gets involved in costly lawsuits defending his invention. Written by
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Montgomery was killed on October 31, 1911, when his glider, the Evergreen, crashed. His head hit a bolt on the glider, just behind an ear, penetrating his brain. His death was instantaneous, despite the more sentimental ending shown in the film, which was not a critical success upon its release. See more »
Montgomery's pilot was actually named Daniel Maloney, not Mahoney as portrayed in the film. See more »
This nice biopic from Columbia stars Glenn Ford as John Montgomery, a man whose ideas about gliders and aerodynamics lead to the creation of the first airplane. The studio has assigned Janet Blair to costar as Ford's love interest, with Selena Royle playing his mother. As expected, there are some excellent aviation scenes with a great deal of suspense. Several sequences depict both the heartbreak and the triumphs involved in an invention of this kind. Ford gives a soaring performance, in a role that seems to draw on his sensitivities as an actor and his feelings about portraying the man as honestly as possible.
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