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Pilot #5 (1943)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, War | 27 January 1944 (Mexico)
In March 1942, on the island of Java, Indonesia, a Dutch major selects a pilot for a dangerous mission from the five U.S. Army airmen under his command. While waiting for word from the pilot, the others tell his life story to the major.

Director:

George Sidney

Writer:

David Hertz (original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Franchot Tone ... George Braynor Collins
Marsha Hunt ... Freddie
Gene Kelly ... Vito S. Alessandro
Van Johnson ... Everett Arnold
Alan Baxter ... Winston Davis
Dick Simmons ... Henry Willoughby Claven
Steven Geray ... Major Eichel (as Steve Geray)
Howard Freeman ... Hank Durban
Frank Puglia ... Nikola
William Tannen ... American Soldier
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Storyline

A small group of Allied soldiers and airmen on Java are being bombed by Japanese planes daily. With only one working fighter of their own, and five pilots anxious to fly it, the Dutch commander chooses George Collins to fly a mission to drop a 500-lb bomb on the Japanese carrier lying offshore. As the flight progresses, the commander asks the other pilots to tell him about George. They recount his rise from brilliant law student, through the time he became involved in the corrupt machine of his state's Governor, and his attempts to redeem himself, both in his own eyes, and in Freddie, his long-time love. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Taglines:

THE MOST UNUSUAL DRAMA OF THE WAR! (original print ad-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | Dutch

Release Date:

27 January 1944 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Skyway to Glory See more »

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Budget:

$486,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Rare dramatic appearance for Gene Kelly, this also is the lone time in which he plays an antagonist in a movie. See more »

Quotes

On-screen prologue: Millions of men have taken up arms to defend their freedom against the forces who would destroy it. One of these millions was George Collins. This is his story, before and after Pearl Harbor.
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Crazy Credits

Opening card: Millions of men have taken up arms to defend their freedom against the forces who would destroy it. One of these millions was George Collins. This is his story, before and after Pearl Harbor. See more »

Connections

Referenced in American Masters: Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Should I (Reveal?)
(1929)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Played as background music in the bar
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Marsha Hunt Gave a Great Performance!
15 October 2004 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

It was great seeing this picture and seeing a great beautiful Lady, and actress named Marsha Hunt. She appeared in many pictures in Hollywood and in this picture she stars with a leading man of the 30's and 40's Franchot Tone, (Lt. George Braynor Collins),"Advise and Consent",'62. Marsha Hunt,Fredie Andrew/Collins),"Blue Denium",'59, was not appreciated as she should have been in Hollywood and was not given the proper roles she deserved. In this picture she plays a woman caught between two men, Gene Kelly (Lt. Vito S. Alessandro)," Brigadoon",'54, who is madly in love with her and also lets her know how he really feels. There are flash backs in this film about all these men who are pilots and fighting against Japan in WW II. It was very interesting seeing Gene Kelly acting instead of "Dancing In The Rain", as he did in the many musicals he use to appear in for MGM. Van Johnson (Lt.Everett Arnold),"Subway in the Sky",'59, even appeared in this picture very young and just starting out in his career. A great film with many great Classic actors. It is nice to know that Marsha Hunt will have a Birthday on Oct 17th, she will be 87 years younger!


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