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Jet Pilot (1957)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | October 1957 (USA)
Air Force Colonel Jim Shannon is tasked to escort a defecting Soviet pilot who is scheming to lure Shannon to the USSR.


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Complete credited cast:
Maj. Gen. Black
Maj. Rexford
Richard Rober ...
FBI Agent George Rivers
Col. Sokolov
Col. Matoff
Ivan Triesault ...
Gen. Langrad


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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Release Date:

October 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Düsenjäger  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


The last two flights of the first Bell X-1, Glamorous Glennis, were filmed for inclusion in Jet Pilot. It played the part of a Soviet "parasite fighter". The movie shows it being launched from Boeing EB-50A Superfortress, serial 46-0007. The X-1 was repainted for its role. The vertical stabilizer, fairings on the top and bottom of the fuselage, and the left wing and horizontal stabilizer were painted white. It continued to wear the movie makeup while displayed at the National Air and Space Museum until it was restored for installation in the Milestones of Flight Gallery in 1976. See more »


When the fighter breaks off after the radar intercept, the markings on the plane are backwards (flipped film). See more »


Lt. Anna Marladovna Shannon: [to Jim] One minute I want to kill you and the next minute I want to kiss you and... kiss you and... kiss you.
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Crazy Credits

Some prints open with the RKO Radio logo, others with the Universal-International logo. See more »


Featured in Howard Hughes: His Women and His Movies (2000) See more »

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not bad
7 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

I don't see why so many people hated this film, i actually sort of liked it. It's much better than several other John Wayne movies like The Sea Chase and Blood Alley. This was Joseph Von Sternberg's last film and he didn't like it either. This was made in 1950 but wasn't released until 1957. It stars off with a landing on an air force base and the pilot turns out to be Janet Leigh. The air force just want to get information out of here and give John Wayne the job. Wayne falls in love with her pretty quickly but you don't know about Janet Leigh. The air force find out she's a spy and are going to deport her but John Wayne marries her first. The air force doesn't like it but decides to send John Wayne over to Russia to get information out of them. John Wayne is good as usual and Janet Leigh is very sexy in this movie, just watch the first scene in John Wayne's office, you'll see what i mean.

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