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Ladies Courageous (1944)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, War | 1 February 1944 (USA)
The story of the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron, a unit of female pilots during WW II who flew bombers from the factories to their final destinations.


John Rawlins


Virginia Spencer Cowles (novel), Doris Gilbert (as Dorris Gilbert) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Loretta Young ... Roberta Harper
Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Virgie Alford
Diana Barrymore ... Nadine
Anne Gwynne ... Gerry Vail
Evelyn Ankers ... Wilhelmina
Phillip Terry ... Tommy Harper
David Bruce ... Frank Garrison
Lois Collier ... Jill
June Vincent ... Mary Frances
Samuel S. Hinds ... Brig. General Wade
Richard Fraser ... Colonel Brennan
Frank Jenks ... Snapper
Janet Shaw ... Bee Jay
Kane Richmond ... Alex Anderson


The story of the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron, a unit of female pilots during WW II who flew bombers from the factories to their final destinations.

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WOMEN WITH WINGS! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


Adventure | Drama | War


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Diana Barrymore was originally scheduled to play the second lead to Loretta Young. She was replaced by Geraldine Fitzgerald, and Barrymore was switched to the lesser role of Nadine. See more »


Roberta Harper: We've all got to take a rain check on the future. We've all got to wait because the war can't.
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I'll Remember April
Music by Gene de Paul
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Hard To Watch This One
12 April 2021 | by hogwrasslerSee all my reviews

I am usually fairly charitable to flag waver movies made during WWII. Their purpose was more to demonstrate the sacrifice of our military and keep up the morale of the folks on the home front, than to entertain. I just watched LC on a DVD I bought off of eBay. It was hard to sit all the way through. It's more bad soap opera than flag waver. While the movie tries to show the bravery and sacrifice of the Women's Air Service Pilots (WASPs) it deals primarily with the emotional problems of the various women.

Loretta Young is well cast as Roberta Harper, the mother hen leader of the civilian female pilots. Geraldine Fitzgerald is her famous pilot sister, Virgie, who is as reckless as she is outspoken. Anne Gwynne, June Vincent, Diana Barrymore, and Evelyn Ankers, and a few others round out the female cast. The full cast is a large one and look fast for some soon to be familiar faces in small walk-on roles.

Virgie is so upset about the women not being military officers and not getting the recognition they deserve, that she deliberately crashes a badly needed P-38 as a publicity stunt. That's the sort of immature and over emotional reactions that these women demonstrate. Not exactly the sort of thing to inspire confidence as to what good pilots they are supposed to be. Roberta deals with all the others' problems while keeping her own inside. The flag waving gets lost amidst all the female turmoil going on.

LC is also hindered by the stilted way that Geraldine Fitzgerald and Diana Barrymore deliver their lines. They both sound more British than the All-American girls they are supposed to be portraying.

About 80 minutes into the movie, I thought it might have risen to at least be mediocre. Then came the ending. It is the most contrived Hollywood far-fetched ending that it could possibly be. The ending actually destroys whatever positive points that had been made bout the WASPs in the story. I won't spoil it, all I can say is that you have to see the ending to believe that's what the script writers came up with.

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1 February 1944 (USA) See more »

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Fury in the Sky See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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