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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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Howard Hughes intended to show off the latest in aircraft technology in 1949-50 (when this film was shot). By the time it was finally released to the public in 1957 the aircraft featured were already obsolete. See more »
When Anna climbs in the two seat jet, there is a canopy support visible. When she taxis away and lowers the canopy the support is missing. The support is used to prevent the canopy from accidentally closing when ground crew are working on the plane. See more »
Lt. Anna Marladovna Shannon:
[When asked why a fellow Russian has ejected from an aircraft sitting on the runway]
He made a mistake. He pulled the seat ejector instead of the seat adjuster.
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Advertising carried the credits "Starring John Wayne, Janet Leigh, and the United States Air Force." See more »
Gruff US pilot assists female Russian pilot to defect.
Howard Hughes produced this ahead-of-its-time film in the late 1940's, but couldn't get it released until US Air Force clearance was approved in 1957. It sat on a shelf in storage for 8 years until its release. John Wayne is his usual macho self, an American flyer, ladies man, infatuated with a Russian pilot who treats him like a spy. A very young Janet Leigh is the pilot who falls in love with tough-guy Wayne and agrees to defect to the US as his wife.
The special effects in this film are quite convincing in spite of its age. Of course, the US Air Force helped everywhere needed to make the picture seem real. Thought that the idea of a female Russian pilot was interesting since the movie was made long before women's lib.
John Wayne and Janet Leigh are especially good together as are the usual cast of colorful characters who help pad out the storyline. This is one of my favorite John Wayne pictures. He is surprisingly natural in his performance with a light touch of good humor thrown in for good measure. Most any John Wayne fan would enjoy this film heartily.
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