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Women in the Wind (1939)

Approved | | Drama | 15 April 1939 (USA)
A pilot enters an aviation race in order to win enough money to pay for her brother's medical treatment, and encounters difficulty with a rival pilot.

Director:

John Farrow

Writers:

Lee Katz (screen play), Albert DeMond (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kay Francis ... Janet Steele
William Gargan ... Ace Boreman
Victor Jory ... Doc
Maxie Rosenbloom ... Stuffy McInnes
Eddie Foy Jr. ... Denny Corson
Sheila Bromley ... Frieda Boreman
Eve Arden ... Kit Campbell
Charles Anthony Hughes Charles Anthony Hughes ... Bill Steele
Frankie Burke ... Johnnie
John Dilson ... Sloan (scenes deleted)
Spencer Charters ... Farmer
Vera Lewis ... Farmer's Wife
William Gould ... Palmer
Gordon Hart Gordon Hart ... Air Races Official
Ila Rhodes Ila Rhodes ... Joan
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Storyline

A pilot enters an aviation race in order to win enough money to pay for her brother's medical treatment, and encounters difficulty with a rival pilot.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Women in the Wind See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film did well both critically and financially for Warner Brothers' B-Picture unit. In a review, "Film Daily" wrote "Mark Hellinger [Associate Producer, uncredited] can take full credit for an excellently mounted, well cast and carried out production." Most of the other reviews marveled that so much had been done with so little. See more »

Goofs

When Johnnie turns on the radio on his desk the music begins to play instantly. The tube type radios of this time period had to warm up, usually for 10 or more seconds, before they began producing sound. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[a biplane roars into the frame. Fade to the front page of the fictional New York Recorder: "ACE BOREMAN DUE SOON, CIRCLING THE WORLD WITHIN EIGHTY HOURS; FLYER NEARS NEW YORK; RECORD WELL IN HAND; SHIP STILL GOES WELL; Ace Boreman's world-circling airplane, Polly, passed over the liner Normandie at 8:00 o'clock..." Closeup on Ace and Stuffy in the cockpit, cut to a view of the southern tip of Manhattan, and back to the cockpit]
Ace Boreman: There she is!
'Stuffy' McInnes: [blankly] What "she" are you talkin' ...
[...]
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Soundtracks

You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played on Johnnie's radio
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Francis Back on Top
3 April 2002 | by tashmanSee all my reviews

After an evening of Kay Francis floating through a series of flat "A" levels (ANOTHER DAWN; FIRST LADY; CONFESSION), where often even the scenery steals scenes from her, and especially after enjoying her Pre-Code hey-day (DR. MONICA; MARY STEVENS, MD; TROUBLE IN PARADISE; ONE WAY PASSAGE), it was gratifying to see the old fire spitting and sputtering through the John Farrow-directed WOMEN IN THE WIND. Francis, despite her name appearing below the title, a reliable if second-tier cast, and an oddly frumpy, figure-obscuring wardrobe, carries the picture along with cheery confidence and yes, a little more fire than you'd come to expect. Ravishing Kay holds her own, even against scene-thief Eve Arden, here playing an oft-married bon-aviatrix named "Kit" Campbell, the great sport, heroic long-distance pilot, complete with silk scarf and confident swagger. They may have tried everything to discourage her at Warners, but Kay Francis is unequivocally running this game. There is even a third strong actress given a generous amount of screen time, Sheila Bromley, a tough cookie whom you probably saw in some 1950s sit-coms playing tough cookies (JOAN DAVIS SHOW; I LOVE LUCY). Here Bromley gets to sink her chops into the stock "First Wife-Other Woman" road hazard, providing personally supervised obstacles for ex-hub (William Gargan), Francis, and all the WOMEN IN THE WIND put together. Lots of Warners' actresses - Ann Sheridan, Jane Wyman, Carole Hughes, Gloria Dickson, Lola Lane, Marcia Ralston - could have easily played this role, but it's a treat to watch Bromley - an actress who reminded me of the young, cocky Bette Davis of the "I'd love to kiss ya..."days. The lead is handled by William Gargan, an actor who had great Pat O'Brien-style charm, which here he uses sparingly, spending a large portion of the tale glowering. Too bad he's sort of dull and annoying while he glowers, because he's playing a guy named Ace Boreman. As comic relief, Maxie Rosenbloom has a nice, easy-going, laid-back style -- untrained with good instincts, and quite welcome in this film. And Eddie Foy, Jr., Frankie Burke, Frank Faylen, Vera Lewis, and Spencer Charters are all on hand to do good work in a highly entertaining tale that holds the interest. Footage of circa aircraft is actually as entertaining as any aspect of the picture, there's not one dull shot.


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