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The aircraft that Clark Gable took Myrna Loy up for her first flight was a Ryan Model ST-A, Ryan serial number 128, registered NC-16037. The aircraft owner was "Tex" Rankin an aerobatic pilot, barnstormer, air racer, and flight instructor from the 1920s to the 1940s. Rankin was an uncredited stunt pilot in three films, "Men With Wings" in 1938 and "Flying G-Men" and "Sky Patrol" in 1939. The aircraft was subsequently sold in Brazil. See more »
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I list this under my 'Best' category for the simple fact that it's one of the best 'Buddy' pics of all time.
Tracy and Gable had already been on screen together, and both had already been award winners, but this one was just fun.
The story allows them to play off themselves with great range, and adding Myrna Loy only helps. The interaction is coy, innocent yet feisty, and lays a lot of groundwork for what 'buddy' comedy films still strive for.
Paced fairly well, with just a dash of drama, the film hits on all cylinders and is definitely a popcorn movie.
If you like this one, don't miss 'Boomtown' either.
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