1863. Texas Ranger Todd Croyden and Union spy Whitney Randolph cross into Mexico to investigate a growing struggle for power between the French-supported Maximilian and the native-born ... See full summary »
In his dedicated pursuit of technology that will aid pilots to safely "fly blind" during adverse conditions, aerial innovator Ken Gordon is literally blinded in an accident, but this setback doesn't deter him from his goal.
Ten minutes into the film Young engages in a dogfight with a German pilot. Some of the footage for this scene was taken from the climax of 1930's THE DAWN PATROL. See more »
When the plane lands upside-down early in the film, Young and Crocker climb out and are then sitting beside the plane. Crocker takes off his leather flying helmet. The film cuts to Young, then back to Crocker, who now is wearing the flying helmet again. Another cut to Young, and back to Crocker, and the helmet is off again. See more »
"I'm a chauffeur for a graveyard, driving men to their deaths day after day."
Powerful WWI film about the horrors of war, with an exceptional performance by Fredric March as an American pilot flying with the RAF who grows increasingly disturbed by all the death he sees. Cary Grant has an important supporting role as another pilot who clashes with March. This is one of the earliest dramatic roles for Cary that showed what he was capable of. Carole Lombard has only one scene as the appropriately-titled Beautiful Lady. Jack Oakie is March's sidekick, the closest thing to comic relief in the film. About midway through the film, look for a brief scene with Kenneth Howell playing a young pilot. He walks into the scene wearing eye shadow, lipstick, and penciled-on eyebrows!
Terrific aviation action scenes and short runtime are pluses. Sincere, believable antiwar film that gets its message across more powerfully than a hundred preachier movies of its type. Not as well-remembered as some of its contemporaries but it should be.
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