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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.

Director:

John Rawlins

Writers:

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

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
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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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Adventure | Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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Trivia

Geraldine Fitzgerald used to joke that even in the farthermost regions of Africa, where soldiers were starved for entertainment, no one could sit through "Ladies Courageous." See more »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

So Good Night
(uncredited)
Music by Milton Rosen
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Two steps forward....and two steps back!
3 August 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The title "Ladies Courageous" is obviously inspired by the 1930s MGM film "Captains Courageous". However, instead this is the story of a group of women volunteers who served the armed forced by ferrying airplanes from the States to where ever they were needed--thus freeing up men to do the actual fighting. While the film is SUPPOSED to celebrate these women and SHOULD have been an advancement for the cause of equal rights, in many, many ways it seems to have the covert message "women really AREN'T as qualified as men". Why? Because too often these supposedly professional women act as if their every action is governed by feelings or raging hormones. Now don't get me wrong...I do NOT agree with this at all...but the film seems to constantly reinforce this idea because these supposedly smart women often act awfully dumb...and it's up to their Colonel (Loretta Young) to continually pick up the pieces and try to make the best of the many disasters caused by some of the women--particularly the Colonel's nutty sister. A truly weird film and one that should have inspired....not inspired laughter!


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