Jet Pilot (1957)

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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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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 <>

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Only the sky was big enough to hold the sweep and power of this epic-making picture! 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?


Filmed between December 8, 1949 and February 8, 1950, this long held-back movie finally debuted on September 25, 1957 in Los Angeles, followed by its Manhattan opening at the Palace Theatre on October 4, 1957. 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 »


Referenced in Le Pan prima della Pan (2015) See more »

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A waste
16 December 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

The aerial footage is nice, but once people start talking, the film goes into a tailspin. The plot seems as though it was made up as they went along (on a few occasions, I thought a reel must be missing) and I don't think I'm giving anything away (like there was any suspense anyway) by saying John Wayne must really love Janet Leigh to stay with her after she pistol whips him. Twice. It's unintentionally hilarious but unbelievably bad. I always like Hans Conreid, but he doesn't show up until the very end. All of the other actors in the film have a wooden presentation, as though they brought in actual air force officers to appear in the film. And if the U.S. military really hatched a plan like this, there should be courts martial all around.

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