Lt. Hanley acquires intelligence which could save hundreds of lives, but his plane is shot down speeding back to HQ. The bridge Hanley re-conned is much more heavily defended than U.S. Army...
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Lt. Hanley acquires intelligence which could save hundreds of lives, but his plane is shot down speeding back to HQ. The bridge Hanley re-conned is much more heavily defended than U.S. Army Intelligence suspected. The old single engine monoplane will be tough to repair, especially with Brannigan the pilot, a daredevil stunt flyer, having a busted leg. But the odds of Hanley slicing through 20 miles of Boche occupied countryside alone on foot are bad too. Written by
"The Flying Machine" is a story about dangerous air recon deep into German territory.
Lieutenants' Hanley & Brannigan (well played by Keenan Wynn) fly deep into German territory and decide to get a closer look after discovering a large concentration of Germans. After they're shot down and their radio knocked out Hanley thinks he can hoof it back to American lines but reconsiders after Brannigan intones words of wisdom. So, they must find another way to relay recon intelligence and save hundreds of American lives. The duo commandeers Claude (played by Peter Brocco) to help them out.
The script and plot are not among the best we've seen from Ed Lakso. Character development between Hanley & Brannigan is amusing but the plot is too simple and lacks real combat and heavy artillery fire, the essence of Combat. In addition, the Germans would not have given up on finding the aircraft making the story unrealistic. I'm sure Claude would risk helping them out when it's guaranteed suicide. And Brannigan's fancy flying does not add anything to the story.
Alan Crosland Jr. did a good job of directing given he didn't have much to work with.
Too many holes and not enough action make "The Flying Machine" very average at best.
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