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Jet Pilot (1957)

 -  Action | Drama | Romance  -  October 1957 (USA)
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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.

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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 Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Greatest Air Spectacle of the Jet Age! Earth-shaking, sky-shattering ... SO BIG it took years to make! See more »


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Düsenjäger  »

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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 »

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Anna was wearing two awards of the "Hero of the Soviet Union" decoration. It is the highest decoration for bravery approximately equal to the "Medal of Honor." A few women, ninety-two, with fifty receiving it posthumously, were awarded it once, but records do not show that any woman ever received it twice. See more »

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Lt. Anna Marladovna Shannon: Is this a collision course I'm flying?
Col. Jim Shannon: Drop your dive brakes. You're right on top of it.
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Advertising carried the credits "Starring John Wayne, Janet Leigh, and the United States Air Force." See more »

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so dumb it's great!
17 October 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Unlike John Wayne's more famous movie turkey, The Conquerer, this film is so bad that it is lots of fun to watch. It is incredibly poorly written (even for an RKO picture) and makes his earlier Republic Films look like masterpieces by comparison (and a few actually were). And, combined with the terrible dialog and dopey plot is the absolute worst performance of Janet Leigh's life! She plays a Russian Airforce pilot with less conviction than perhaps any actress could have approached the role. Not once does she even give the least hint of a Russian accent, though through the use of very thick sweaters she DOES appear to be the poster girl for Playboy Magazine. This nymphet role is combined with stoic "Russian" dialog that sound like it's right out of a grade school play. It's unintentionally hilarious.

As for Wayne, he pretty much plays himself. A REALLY, REALLY horny self, that is! FYI--Apparently the Russians flew Lockheed Shooting Stars (F-80s). You see, when you stick a red star on it, it becomes the spitting image of a MIG-15. Well, that is if you squint REALLY hard and maybe get REALLY drunk first and hit yourself on the head with a frying pan, and,...


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