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William Faulkner (novel)
George Zuckerman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
11 January 1958 (USA) See more »
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Story of a friendship between an eccentric journalist and a daredevil barnstorming pilot. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Tarnished melodrama with unbelievable characters... See more (26 total) »

Cast

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Rock Hudson ... Burke Devlin

Robert Stack ... Roger Shumann

Dorothy Malone ... LaVerne Shumann

Jack Carson ... Jiggs
Robert Middleton ... Matt Ord

Alan Reed ... Colonel Fineman
Alexander Lockwood ... Sam Hagood
Christopher Olsen ... Jack Shumann (as Chris Olsen)

Robert J. Wilke ... Hank

Troy Donahue ... Frank Burnham

William Schallert ... Ted Baker
Betty Utey ... Dancing Girl
Phil Harvey ... Telegraph Editor
Steve Drexel ... Young Man
Eugene Borden ... Claude Mollet
Steve Ellis ... Mechanic (as Stephen Ellis)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Baldwin ... Pylon Air Race Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Chef at Roger's Memorial Dinner (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Newspaper Office Clerk (uncredited)
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Directed by
Douglas Sirk 
 
Writing credits
William Faulkner (novel "Pylon")

George Zuckerman (screenplay)

Produced by
Albert Zugsmith .... producer
 
Original Music by
Frank Skinner 
 
Cinematography by
Irving Glassberg (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Russell F. Schoengarth 
 
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
Alfred Sweeney 
 
Set Decoration by
Oliver Emert 
Russell A. Gausman 
 
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas 
 
Makeup Department
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wilbur Mosier .... second assistant director
David Silver .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Corson Jowett .... sound
Edward L. Sandlin .... sound editor (uncredited)
Joe Sikorsky .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Clifford Stine .... special photography
 
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Joseph Gershenson .... music supervisor
Henry Mancini .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Herman Stein .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
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91 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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During the location shooting in San Diego of this film, Robert Stack's wife was about to have their first child. While filming the tense scene where Stack propositions his own wife (played by Dorothy Malone), suddenly a plane flew right by the cameras with letters tailing four feet tall proclaiming IT'S A GIRL! Rock Hudson had arranged to have the hospital call immediately when the news came and hired a stunt pilot to tow the message behind the plane. Stack was deeply moved by Hudson's generosity, saying in his autobiography, "It's a moment I've never forgotten. Anybody who tells me that Rock Hudson isn't a first-class gent had better put up his dukes."See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Despite the fact that the story is taking place in the early 1930s, all of Dorothy Malone's clothing, hairstyles and make-up are strictly 1957, the year the picture was filmed.See more »
Quotes:
Ted Baker:On the level, what'd you do last night?
Burke Devlin:Nothing much:just sat up half the night discussing literature and life with a beautiful, half naked blonde.
Ted Baker:You better change bootleggers.
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Soundtrack:
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11 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Tarnished melodrama with unbelievable characters..., 14 October 2006
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

ROBERT STACK is a barnstorming stunt pilot in the '30s who'd been a hero aviator during the first World War. He's abusive to his loyal wife (DOROTHY MALONE) and his expert mechanic (JACK Carson) and anybody he comes into contact with. For some strange reason, newspaperman ROCK HUDSON is interested enough in this threesome to want to do a news story on them as they prepare to enter various air contests. After briefly encountering them, he even puts them up at his place when they're out of lodgings and soon becomes enmeshed in their lives.

But Hudson does deliver a solid monologue at the end when he storms into the newspaper office to give his boss the lowdown on what kind of story he uncovered. It's one of his best moments and he carries it off like a real pro.

Stack plays his sullen heel with his usual brash, solemn demeanor. A flabby looking Jack Carson plays the mechanic who's secretly still in love with Stack's wife, Malone. Malone is quietly effective as the wife who suffers and suffers while Stack's mistreatment goes unchecked, except by Hudson. Surprisingly, this is all taken from a William Faulkner novel which must have had stronger characters and situations than are depicted here.

It's a stormy emotional drama that makes little sense, directed with a certain amount of style by Douglas Sirk even though it does not use his usual trademark--Technicolor. All the emotional strife makes it a pretty heavy-handed, florid melodrama. Hudson's noble turn at the end makes a new woman of Malone, who decides to accept his offer to return to her roots in Iowa with her little son. None of it seems to ring true, at least to me.

Best feature: the flying air scenes are well staged and photographed for maximum effect--but it's hard to care about any of the characters.

Trivia note: TROY DONAHUE has a small role as an ill-fated pilot competing against Stack.

On the debit side, DOROTHY MALONE's costuming and hair style doesn't suggest the 1930s at all, but the 1950s.

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