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Chain Lightning (1950)

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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Cast

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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
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Ed Bostwick
Fay Baker ...
Mrs. Willis
Fred Sherman ...
Jeb Farley
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Storyline

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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THERE'S A NEW BOGART THRILL IN THE SKY! (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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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Humphrey Bogart's character was in the 323rd bomb squadron that flew out of Bassingbourn Air Base. This base was given to the USAAF (United States Army Air Force) by the RAF (Royal Air Force) as the first home of the B-17's in the United Kingdom. This base was the home of The Memphis Belle and was visited by the royal family on two occasions. Clark Gable even flew out of Bassingbourn once, though he was not stationed here during his tour as a side gunner. See more »

Goofs

When Brennan is wearing the pressurized suit there are holes in the bottom of the face mask. That would keep the suit from being pressurized. 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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Connections

Edited from The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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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User Reviews

 
Absolutely routine romance and heroics…

In 1950, jet planes were a relatively recent phenomenon and their emergence offered new possibilities for the long-defunct test-pilot genre of film…

In "Chain Lightning," Bogart is a World War H bomber pilot hired as a test-pilot who, after the death of his designer friend (Richard Whorf), successfully tries out a newly designed ejection cockpit…

However, there is as little value in a film in which a line like "JA-3 to Fort George. I am fifty miles North of you—ooooops, I just passed you!" is fairly commonplace…

Eleanor Parker offers the only creative acting in the role of Raymond Massey's secretary and Bogart's love interest…


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