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Tail Spin (1939)

Approved | | Drama | 19 February 1939 (USA)
Flyer enters a cross-country aerial derby, becomes rival to a wealthy society flyer, competes in parachute jumps and has love affairs.





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Complete credited cast:
... Trixie Lee
... Gerry Lester
... Lois Allen
... Babe Dugan
... Bud
... Alabama
... Lt. Dick 'Tex' Price
... Chick
... Sunny
... Speed Allen
... Al Moore
... T.P. Lester
... Mrs. Lee
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Charlie


Flyer enters a cross-country aerial derby, becomes rival to a wealthy society flyer, competes in parachute jumps and has love affairs.

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19 February 1939 (USA)  »

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Luftens amazoner  »

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Main title music composed by Ernst Toch was recorded but not used. See more »


Babe Dugan: You know, Louise had the queerest looking insides I ever saw.
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Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by Alice Faye
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Bkoganging had a really good point about this film...
2 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

In their review of "Tail Spin", bkoganging described the film as if the writer, Spig Wead, had taken his inspiration from "Stage Door". At first I thought this sounded silly...then I watched the film. I think they were dead on--as the movie looks like a Wead film (after all, he was a pilot and often wrote about planes--and himself raced planes) combined with this famous RKO film where women are rivals-- but this time for trophies instead of acting parts. As such, the film sticks with the usual clichés. In addition, a HUGE cliché (and it annoyed me) was the husband who was about to go for the speed record. The very second I saw this scene, I KNEW exactly what would happen....just like what happened to DeadMeat in "Hot Shots"! Both of these detract from the movie a bit as it makes it rather easy to predict.

So despite this, is the film any good? Well, it is entertaining and the film features some decent acting. But as I said, the clichés prevent it from being anything more than just a pleasant time- passer. Worth seeing but certainly NOT a must-see movie.

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