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Chain Lightning (1950)

 -  Drama | Action  -  31 May 1950 (Mexico)
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Matt Brennan runs into Jo Holloway, the Red Cross girl he romanced in Europe when he was a flyer in World War II, when he is offered a job by jet manufacturer Leland Willis as a test pilot.... See full summary »

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Lt. Col. Matthew "Matt" Brennan
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Joan "Jo" Holloway
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Leland Willis
Richard Whorf ...
Carl Troxell
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Maj. Hinkle
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Maj. Gen. Hewitt
Morris Ankrum ...
Ed Bostwick
Fay Baker ...
Mrs. Willis
Fred Sherman ...
Jeb Farley
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Matt Brennan runs into Jo Holloway, the Red Cross girl he romanced in Europe when he was a flyer in World War II, when he is offered a job by jet manufacturer Leland Willis as a test pilot. Carl Troxell, wants to sell an escape cockpit to the Air Force. He wants Matt to stall the presentation of JA-3 the prototype that doesn't include the ejection seat, to give him more time for the experimental JA-4. But Matt doesn't believe it is yet safe enough to try. Written by vlady@worldnet.att.net

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WITH THAT SPECIAL BRAND OF BOGART ROMANCE (original poster-all caps) See more »

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31 May 1950 (Mexico)  »

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Des Teufels Pilot  »

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Trivia

Filmed May-July 1949, but not released until 1950. See more »

Goofs

During the first bombing run at the beginning of the film, damage is seen on the cockpit canopy, which disappears, then reappears again between shots. See more »

Quotes

[Matt Brennan is doing test trials in the air]
Leland Willis: Brennan, do you hear? Bring that plane down or you'll never fly again.
Lt. Col. Matthew "Matt" Brennan: How do you want it Willis, the easy way or the hard way?
Leland Willis: I don't want any more tests. Understand Brennan? No more tests.
Lt. Col. Matthew "Matt" Brennan: OK Willis, the hard way.
[Matt pulls the microphone plug out and puts the jet into a climb]
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Soundtracks

Bless 'em All
Written by Fred Godfrey (1917)
Revised lyrics by Jimmy Hughes and Frank Lake (1940)
Additional lyrics by Al Stillman (1941)
Sung by various characters at the cafe with piano accompaniment
Also sung by various characters at the party with piano accompaniment
Played occasionally in the score
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Too Many Glaring Technical Errors
30 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Admittedly, I'm a technically oriented person by profession but what can you say about a film in which its raison d'etre is an experimental jet aircraft which is portrayed as a caricature rather than an actual airplane capable of flight? Although the mockup is correctly shown with a tailpipe to provide an exit for the jet exhaust, the front of the plane is completely innocent of any air intake that, of course, all jet-powered aircraft must have in order to provide the pressurized air needed to mix with the jet fuel for combustion to take place. It's not located in the nose which is portrayed as needle-like, nor is it located underneath the nose, and certainly not as dual air intakes located on each side of the nose section. Real jet aircraft from the 1950 era mostly had the air intake located directly in the nose giving the front end of the plane a bulbous shape.

Note also that the aircraft is capable of flying at an altitude of 90,000 feet, impossible for any jet aircraft of its day, and maybe still impossible, and only achievable at the time by rocket-powered aircraft such as the experimental Bell X series then undergoing tests. Finally, mention is made that this magical plane is capable of airspeeds up to 1,400 mph - clearly another impossible feat at the time.

While I always enjoy Bogey and certainly think highly of Eleanor Parker, the technical absurdities, the silly dialogue between pilot and ground during flights, and the false heroics lent a cartoonish quality to the film which took away from my usual enjoyment of Bogart's work.

I often think that the producers of films such as these have considerable contempt for the movie-going public when they put out this kind of inaccurate work.


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