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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)  »

Also Known As:

Des Teufels Pilot  »

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Trivia

Filmed May-July 1949, but not released until 1950. 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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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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This movies was science fiction then, new we're there

I saw this movie when it first came out and jets were practically unheard of. Three years later I was in Korea with the 335th FIS, and the King then was the F-86. The original movie showed a needle nose designed to break the air at high speed as a diver points his hands to break the water, and the air intakes were on the sides. The F-86 had one big intake in front which was dangerous because one of my best friends, a mechanic, was accidentally sucked up the intake while chocking wheels on the run-up strip when the pilot hit the throttle at 100%. He was gone in the blink of an eye. Bogie's plane could fly up to 60,000 ft and top speed of about 1600 mph. General Dynamics must have used this movie for the development of the F-16, because there seems to be a lot of similarities. I took an interest in some of the comparisons after seeing the movie "Afterburn".


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