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Nick Cochran, an American in exile in Macao, has a chance to restore his name by helping capture an international crime lord. Undercover, can he mislead the bad guys and still woo the handsome singer/petty crook, Julie Benson?
Josef von Sternberg,
Brothers Monte and Ray leave Oxford to join the Royal Flying Corps. Ray loves Helen; Helen enjoys an affair with Monte; before they leave on their mission over Germany they find her in still another man's arms.
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Air Force Colonel Shannon is assigned to escort defecting Soviet pilot Anna. He falls in love with her, but she is scheming to lure him back to the USSR. But Shannon has a scheme of his own. Written by
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In 1952, at the height of The Cold War, those "take cover" drills, the Joseph McCarthy Hearings and the aftermath of the 1951 Rosenberg Trials, this picture featured John Wayne , in real life a staunch anti-communist, portraying an American pilot in love with a defecting Russian spy. Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were accused of being spies for The Soviet Union and later found guilty and executed, in 1953, for conspiracy to commit espionage. The film was put on the shelf until 1957. By that time, RKO was under new ownership, Howard Hughes had departed and Joseph McCarthy had been severely discredited, for many of his earlier activities, by The 1954 "Army McCarthy Hearings". See more »
Anna, despite being a stereotypical Russian agent in an American movie from the Cold War, surprisingly lacks a Russian accent. See more »
"Jet Pilot" is one of John Wayne's best and most unusual efforts. In it he is very natural and convincing, quite unlike his typically more stylized and sometimes wooden approach to roles. And his interesting interpretation of an Air Force colonel tempted by a seductive Russian spy is a real departure from his usual gung-ho offering. When US authorities are going to deport the defecting Russian pilot for espionage, he risks losing his military career by marrying her, and when it appears that she will get a long prison sentence, he not only helps her escape to the USSR, but by all appearances, must defect, himself. Say what? John Wayne selling out his country for the love of a woman? Needless to say, this is not his usual on screen behavior. The result is a compelling story and a very romantic movie, with Wayne and Janet Leigh rocketing through the skies in their twin jets or discussing sex and politics. These two make a very convincing young couple and the sexual chemistry and tension run high. Not only is Wayne at the top of his game, but Janet Leigh is particularly appealing as the shapely Russian pilot. I particularly enjoyed the scene in which he must search her. It is sad that Janet Leigh is remembered only for the shower scene in "Psycho." She ought to be remembered, instead, for the strip search in "Jet Pilot."
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