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A cropduster pilot finds himself caught between two women--one who loves him and the other, who doesn't handle rejection well, who's out to destroy him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonas Bailey
Mari Blanchard ...
Iris Lee LaVonne
Gail Russell ...
Lynn Dillon
Robert Middleton ...
Buck LaVonne
Douglas Henderson ...
Roy Dillon
Burt Topper ...
Miles Colby
Bill Ward ...
Chick, Buck's Pal
Whitey Hughes ...
Robert Griffin ...
Bart Pine (as Robert E. Griffin)
Policeman (as Bill Blatty)
Johnny Carpenter ...
Lepley (as John Carpenter)
James Macklin ...
Dr. Christian Carter
Bill Coontz ...
Patrick Dennis-Leigh ...


Crop-duster pilot Jonas Bailey (John Ireland)ends his romance with Irie Lee (Mari Blanchard) and, on the rebound and because she is sure Jonas will fight for her, Iris marries Buck Lavonne (Robert Middleton), the wealthy owner of a fleet of crop-dusting airplanes. Her plan backfires when Jonas and his friend "Swede' (Jackie Coogan) take off to find work further north. Forced down on a small airport strip near Holtsville,. they find Roy Dillon (Douglas Henderson)drunk in the field's hangar. Lynn (Gail Russell), his wife, tells them that Dillon will lose a contract with Buck if the local fields are not dusted. She hopes they will stay on,. and tells them about a local doctor named Carter (James Macklin)who may be able to save "Swede's"eyesight, damaged when he rescued Jonas during a plane accident. Iris lures one of her husband's henchmen, Chick (Bill Ward) into telling her where Jonas has gone and she leaves to find him. Buck, in a jealous rage, kills Chick and starts out in pursuit of... Written by Les Adams <>

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Release Date:

3 October 1958 (USA)  »

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Man Mad  »

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Talented and Doomed Gail Russell
16 February 2005 | by (Brooklyn, New York) – See all my reviews

The tragedy of the beautiful Gail Russell is only compounded when one sees this celluloid disaster, because the only thing that makes it almost tolerable is the natural, easy, relaxed and totally believable Gail Russell. In this pic, her next to last one, she indicates that she had continued to mature as a skilled actress -- she is even able to utter these incredible moments of dialog with a lovely voice and convincing demeanor. Too bad that her superb work in 'The Tattered Dress' didn't get her an Oscar nomination as a Supporting character. If that film had been a little better and a little better received then Ms. Russell might have had a shot at a formidable and hopefully self-assured return. This enormously awful film about crop dusters is really about the ridiculous character portrayed by a swaggering, hip-swinging, silent movie vamping of Mari Blanchard, who was a pale imitation of Mamie Van Doren who was a pale imitation of Jayne Mansfield who was a pale imitation of MM. Veterans Jackie Coogan and John Ireland cannot do much with the asinine plot, although Coogan has a moment or two of something akin to professionalism. Robert Middleton is amazingly bad in his villainous role. The screenplay is one long horror, and the direction, to be kind, is so inept that the film would have been turned down by the Creeping Crud Film Festival!! But,despite Blanchard's incompetence and the lousy work of all the others, there is still the radiance of Gail Russell, turning in a performance where none would have seemed possible.

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