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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.

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writer:

Frank Wead
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alice Faye ... Trixie Lee
Constance Bennett ... Gerry Lester
Nancy Kelly ... Lois Allen
Joan Davis ... Babe Dugan
Charles Farrell ... Bud
Jane Wyman ... Alabama
Kane Richmond ... Lt. Dick 'Tex' Price
Wally Vernon ... Chick
Joan Valerie ... Sunny
Edward Norris ... Speed Allen
J. Anthony Hughes ... Al Moore
Harry Davenport ... T.P. Lester
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. Lee
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Allen ... Charlie
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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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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Luftens amazoner See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Go In and Out the Window" (music by Lew Pollack, lyrics by Walter Bullock), sung by Alice Faye, was cut from the film. Miss Faye's prerecording still exists. See more »

Quotes

Trixie Lee: You can get twenty-five dollars for entering the parachute jumping contest.Every time you land on the target circle, you get a hundred and twelve dollars and fifty cents extra.
Babe Dugan: Oh, how lovely! Say, why do I always have to do the dirty work?
Trixie Lee: Well, I can't fly the plane and jump, too! It's easy. Just delay your drops and don't pull your ring until you've fallen a long way. It'd be great publicity for both of us.
Babe Dugan: Sure, I, I can see the headlines now: Aerial Butterfly Falls To Her Death. No.
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Soundtracks

Are You in the Mood for Mischief?
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by Alice Faye
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Improbable tale of female aviators headed by Alice Faye...
27 November 2012 | by Neil DoyleSee all my reviews

If you can forgive the implausible casting of some of Fox's female stars caught up in a formula plot about lady aviators and their love lives, TAIL SPIN is easy enough to take.

Alice Faye and Constance Bennett share top billing, with Faye as the earthy waitress type who spends all her hard-earned money on flying lessons, while Bennett is a socialite with similar aspirations who has a hard time adjusting to the environment of gals jealous of her.

Lots of flying scenes and enough crashes to keep you awake while the plot unfolds in leisurely fashion. By the time it's over, you've more or less predicted the outcome.

Joan Davis provides a few laughs in comic support of Nancy Kelly, Jane Wymnan and others, but it's just a trifle that passes the time acceptably with Charles Farrell, Kane Richmond and Edward Norris in the leading male roles who wait patiently for the final clinch.


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