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Writer:
Jules Furthman (written by)
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Release Date:
October 1957 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Greatest Air Spectacle of the Jet Age! Earth-shaking, sky-shattering ... SO BIG it took years to make! See more »
Plot:
Air Force Colonel Shannon is assigned to escort defecting Soviet pilot Anna. He falls in love with her... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Woooosh! Ninotchka meets Dr. Strangelove See more (44 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

John Wayne ... Col. Jim Shannon

Janet Leigh ... Lt. Anna Marladovna Shannon / Olga Orlief

Jay C. Flippen ... Maj. Gen. Black

Paul Fix ... Maj. Rexford
Richard Rober ... FBI Agent George Rivers
Roland Winters ... Col. Sokolov

Hans Conried ... Col. Matoff
Ivan Triesault ... Gen. Langrad
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dorothy Abbott ... Girl (uncredited)
Phil Arnold ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Lois Austin ... Saleswoman at Palm Springs Dress Shop (uncredited)
Paul Bakanas ... Russian Security Man (uncredited)
Hall Bartlett ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Gregg Barton ... Military Policeman (uncredited)
John Bishop ... Major Sinclair (uncredited)

James Brown ... Sergeant (uncredited)
William Bryant ... Radar Monitor (uncredited)
Bruce Cameron ... Batman (uncredited)
Perdita Chandler ... Georgia Rexford (uncredited)

Joyce Compton ... Mrs. Simpson (uncredited)
Tom Daly ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
James Dime ... Russian Security Man (uncredited)
Mason Alan Dinehart ... Fresh Kid at Palm Springs Dress Shop (uncredited)
Art Dupuis ... Russian (uncredited)
Jane Easton ... Girl (uncredited)

Bill Erwin ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Gene Evans ... Airfield Sergeant (uncredited)
Elizabeth Flournoy ... WAF Captain (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Lt. Tiompkin (uncredited)
Barbara Freking ... WAAF Private (uncredited)
Vincent Gironda ... Muscleman (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Don Haggerty ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Janice Hood ... Girl (uncredited)
Darrell Huntley ... Officer (uncredited)
Lamont Johnson ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Joanne Jordan ... WAC Sergeant (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Waiter (uncredited)
Harry Lauter ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Ruth Lee ... Mother (uncredited)

Nelson Leigh ... FBI Agent (uncredited)

Sylvia Lewis ... WAC Corporal (uncredited)
Herbert Lytton ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
Mike Mahoney ... Corporal (uncredited)
Michael Mark ... Russian General (uncredited)
Gene Marshall ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Allen Mathews ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Keith McConnell ... Bartender (uncredited)
John Morgan ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Alberto Morin ... Russian Guard (uncredited)
Al Murphy ... Waiter (uncredited)
Wendell Niles ... Major (uncredited)
Richard Norris ... Russian Interrogator (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Bit Role (uncredited)
David Ormont ... Russian Interrogator (uncredited)
Jack Overman ... Sergeant (uncredited)
James Parnell ... Control Officer (uncredited)

Denver Pyle ... Mr. Simpson (uncredited)
Theodore Rand ... Waiter (uncredited)
Joey Ray ... Waiter (uncredited)
Al Rhein ... Bartender (uncredited)
Ric Roman ... Guard (uncredited)
Gene Roth ... Sokolov's Batman (uncredited)
James H. Russell ... Corporal (uncredited)
Sammy Shack ... Driver (uncredited)
Jack Shea ... Military Policeman (uncredited)
Carl Sklover ... Waiter (uncredited)

Jim B. Smith ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Ruthelma Stevens ... Saleswoman (uncredited)
Armand Tanny ... Muscleman (uncredited)

Kenneth Tobey ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Rick Vallin ... Sergeant (uncredited)

Mamie Van Doren ... WAF (uncredited)
Billy Vernon ... Drunk (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ... Driver (uncredited)
Smoki Whitfield ... Henry (uncredited)
Joan Whitney ... WAC Sergeant (uncredited)

Biff Yeager ... Captain (uncredited)
Buck Young ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Carleton Young ... Technical Sergeant in Palmer Field Control Tower (uncredited)

Directed by
Josef von Sternberg 
Jules Furthman (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Jules Furthman (written by)

Produced by
Jules Furthman .... producer
Howard Hughes .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Bronislau Kaper 
 
Cinematography by
Winton C. Hoch (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Harry Marker 
Michael R. McAdam 
William M. Moore 
Frederic Knudtson (uncredited)
 
Casting by
Dick Stockton (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Feild M. Gray  (as Feild Gray)
 
Set Decoration by
Harley Miller 
Darrell Silvera 
 
Costume Design by
Michael Woulfe (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup supervisor
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Esther Berman .... body makeup (uncredited)
Layne Britton .... makeup artist (uncredited)
James House .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Annabell Levy .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Web Overlander .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Edward Killy .... unit production manager
John Burch .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Philip G. Cochran .... supervisor of aerial sequences (uncredited)
Walter Daniels .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Fleck .... assistant director (as Fred A. Fleck)
Harry D'Arcy .... assistant director (uncredited)
Jules Furthman .... second unit director (uncredited)
James Lane .... second unit director (uncredited)
Harold Lewis .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Anthony Lombardo .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Terry Kellum .... sound
Earl A. Wolcott .... sound (as Earl Wolcott)
Charlie Cohn .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Danny Kelleher .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Daniel Hays .... special effects (uncredited)
Jack Lannan .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Harold E. Wellman .... process (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Chuck Yeager .... aerial stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Campbell .... gaffer (uncredited)
William H. Clothier .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
George Gall .... assistant camera: Technicolor (uncredited)
Robert B. Hauser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Hans F. Koenekamp .... camera operator (uncredited)
Paul Mantz .... aerial director of photography (uncredited)
Henry Ogilvie .... best boy (uncredited)
Eddie Pyle .... camera operator (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... aerial camera operator: Technicolor (uncredited)
Rod Tolmie .... still photographer (uncredited)
Ralph Wildman .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Tate .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Henry West .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Francis Cugat .... color consultant: Technicolor
Jim Wilkinson .... editorial supervisor
Chandler House .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... conductor
 
Other crew
Howard Hughes .... presenter
Clarence A. Shoop .... assistant to producer (as Brig. Gen. Clarence A. Shoop)
Philip G. Cochran .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Evelyn Earle .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Paul Mantz .... pilot (uncredited)
Stan Margulies .... publicist (uncredited)
Dixie McCoy .... dialogue director (uncredited)
J.S. Nash .... project pilot (uncredited)
Louis Shapiro .... location manager (uncredited)
Sidney Zipser .... Technicolor technician (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
112 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.00 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-12 | UK:U (passed with cuts) | USA:Approved (original rating) (MPAA rating: certificate #14297) | USA:G (re-rating) (1974) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Trivia:
After intercepting the B-36 in a F-94 Starfire, they are shown departing in a F-80 Shooting Star.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the fighter breaks off after the radar intercept, the markings on the plane are backwards (flipped film).See more »
Quotes:
Lt. Anna Marladovna Shannon:[screaming at Jim] Give me back my pants!See more »
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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Woooosh! Ninotchka meets Dr. Strangelove, 13 June 2006
Author: manuel-pestalozzi from Zurich, Switzerland

I waited a long time to see this movie, now I have and I must say I found it better than I had reason to expect. It is a fast moving comedy with many really funny scenes. Could it be this was the first movie that made fun of the Cold War? Could it be it was shelved for years for that reason (maybe the war in Corea made it inopportune to laugh about such matters)? Josef von Sternberg, steeped in German Expressionism, would be the last director you'd expect to helm a movie that at first sight seems to be an older version of Top Gun. But things are set straight very soon as it becomes evident that this is supposed to be a comedy in the vein of something by Ernst Lubitsch or Billy Wilder. Ninotchka comes to mind, and in a way - a hilarious way - Janet Leigh as the (intentionally?) grounded Russian jet pilot is in the footsteps of Greta Garbo here. So John Wayne as American jet pilot is a reticent, rather shy Melvyn Douglas. In his part you'd rather expect Cary Grant, and Wayne does seem to be slightly embarrassed throughout the movie.

Vivacious Janet Leigh's physical assets are highlighted as much as possible and with great success. There is a nice striptease scene in which she gets out of her cute white overalls, and each time she starts peeling off a new layer of clothing - woooosh - a jet plane is heard diving down. It's really a hoot. Soon she reappears in the American's war room in a neatly pressed Red Army uniform, full of medals and fruit salad (she must have stashed it somewhere in that jet plane of hers). Soon she and Wayne are off to Palm Springs, so that she can see what the Commies are missing. Wayne, in turn, gets a whiff of Socialist reality later on, as he accompanies the Russien pilot he sort of married back home. It's grim and Stalag-like, of course.

There is a lot of aerial footage in Jet Pilot and it is high quality material that still fascinates. A lot of elegant acrobatics is performed and filmed from different angles. But even the jets are well embedded in the comedy this movie ultimately is. One of the scene I liked best: Janet Leigh escapes. She runs to a jet with its – er – engine already running, pushes away the ladder and dashes of as if it were a little sports car or some getaway after a heist in a gangster movie. It's unparalleled and one of many laughs Jet Pilot offers.

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