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Emergency Landing (1941)

Passed | | Action, Drama, Romance | 7 March 1941 (USA)
A test pilot and his weather observer develop a "robot" control so airplanes can be flown without pilots, but enemy agents get wind of it and try to steal it or destroy it.



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Cast overview:
... Jerry Barton
... Betty Lambert
... Maude Lambert
Emmett Vogan ... 'Doc' Williams
William Halligan ... George B. Lambert
George Sherwood ... Jones
Thornton Edwards ... Pedro (as Joaquin Edwards)
... Karl (as Stan Jolley)
... Otto (as Stanford Price)
... Capt. North (as Joe Hartman)
Paul Scott ... Col. Lemon
... Midget Judge (as Little Billy)


Because of a back-log of war orders, the Lambert Airplane factory is unable to try-out the robot-controlled plane developed by test pilot Jerry Barton and weather bureau observer, "Doc" Williams. The pair lie in wait for factory owner George B. Lambert while he is playing golf with his spoiled débutant daughter, Betty, and send up their radio-controlled model where Lambert cannot fail to notice it. But Jerry sets the model down in a pool of water and douses Betty. Lambert authorizes Jerry and Doc to test their remote-controlled robot pilot on one of his planes for the Army. Jerry flies the plane up, bails out and Doc is to land the plane using his remote control box. But foreign agents, wishing to hamper the development of the robot pilot, have tampered with the controls, and Doc is unable to pull the plane out of a spin, and it crashes. Lambert fires Jerry and he and Doc return to the remote weather outpost to do more work on their invention. Betty, on her way to Hollywood to be a ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Action | Drama | Romance | War


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Release Date:

7 March 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Robot Pilot  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecast occurred Monday 9 April 1945 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). In Chicago it first aired Saturday 12 March 1949 on WGN (Channel 9), in Albuquerque Saturday 9 April 1949 on KOB (Channel 4), in Dayton Wednesday 20 April 1949 on WLW-D (Channel 5), in Detroit Wednesday 4 May 1949 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in Cincinnati Thursday 30 June 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11), and in Los Angeles Thursday 19 January 1950 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »

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Pretty craptastic....or is 'craptacular' the proper word for this film?!
4 August 2011 | by See all my reviews

While you cannot blame the original film makers, the DVD copy of "Emergency Landing" was VERY rough--with a lot of choppy scenes and a scratchy print. I sure that looks like it comes from a '20 Movie Pack' for $5 by Mill Creek--which it did.

A very young and inexperienced Forrest Tucker stars in this film. While he later became a good supporting character playing various tough or gruff roles, here he just looks young and lost. I think casting him as the handsome hero was a bit of a mistake and Tucker's personality in the film does nothing to sell the material.

The film is about a radio control device for airplanes. I loved the crappy special effects when they tried it out on a model plane, as the plane made completely impossible turns and it made it obvious that it was on a wire. Well, apparently the US Army Air Corps is not the only group who want this ridiculous machine and 'the enemy' have sent out spies to steal it. Since the film came out just before the US entered WWII and this studio was afraid to make waves, they just used generic baddies and made them neither German nor Japanese.

There is a guy named 'Pedro' in the film who superficially looks a lot like Leo Carillo's 'Pancho' from "The Cisco Kid"--but Pedro is played in a much broader and cheesier manner. He's like a walking bad stereotype of a 1940s Mexican. I am sure many will cringe when they watch his antics. And, they might cringe when a lady automatically calls Pedro by name. He is surprised she knows his name and she responds "...every Mexican is named Pedro...or Pancho". Wow...how enlightened! But unfortunately, the non-Mexican characters aren't a lot better. Women whine, act petulant and cry, guys stare as if they can't stand the studio lights and the actors look mostly like they're in a high school play.

The bottom line is that the film is bad--really bad. The script, editing, direction by William Beaudine and acting are all uniformly bad. And, unfortunately, while the film is about spies, it's amazingly stiff and dull.

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