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Gallant Journey (1946)

This historical drama is a biopic of the U.S. aviation pioneer John J. Montgomery who was the first American to fly a glider in 1883.


William A. Wellman
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Credited cast:
Glenn Ford ... John J. Montgomery
Janet Blair ... Regina 'Ginny' Cleary
Charles Ruggles ... Jim Montgomery
Henry Travers ... Thomas Logan
Jimmy Lloyd ... Dan Mahoney / Prof. LaSalle
Charles Kemper ... Father 'Dickie' Ball
Arthur Shields ... Father Kenton
Willard Robertson ... Zachary Montgomery
Selena Royle ... Mrs. Zachary Montgomery
Robert De Haven Robert De Haven ... Jim Logan, as a boy (as Robert DeHaven)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Hoover Robert Hoover ... Dick Ball as a Boy (scenes deleted)
Joe Palma Joe Palma ... Waiter (scenes deleted)


Director William A. Wellman adds another to his long line of salutes-to-aviation films in this bio of an aviation pioneer, John Montgomery (Glenn Ford.) In 1883 he built a practical glider despite the opposition of his friends, who thought he was crazy, and of his family, who were afraid that his dreams of flying would hurt his father's political ambitions. He pursues his education at Santa Clara University where the Jesuits lend a helping and understanding hand. An earthquake destroys what appears to be a working model for an airplane, but a gold-sorting machine Montgomery invented, and then neglected, promises to provide for his financial needs to keep working on his aircraft until he gets involved in costly lawsuits defending his invention. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The story of a woman's abiding faith ! Of a man's unconquerable courage ! (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Tower Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - January 1, 1947) See more »


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Did You Know?


Montgomery was killed on October 31, 1911, when his glider, the Evergreen, crashed. His head hit a bolt on the glider, just behind an ear, penetrating his brain. His death was instantaneous, despite the more sentimental ending shown in the film, which was not a critical success upon its release. See more »


Montgomery's pilot was actually named Daniel Maloney, not Mahoney as portrayed in the film. See more »


Referenced in Bicycle Thieves (1948) See more »

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Wonderful film of Early Flight attempts.
28 March 2004 | by mooaksSee all my reviews

Saw the film years and years ago...It has always been one of the most enjoyable films of early flight that I have ever seen...When Montgomery was hauled aloft with his glider attached to a hot air baloon and then released, the scenery was breathtaking as he made his decent to earth high above the Santa Clara valley. Janet Blair as I remember, was Montgomery's wife and in one particular scene, she removed her silk petty coat and gave it to her husband who was in desperate need of patching material for his damaged glider...I would like to rent the video of Gallant Journey but have not had any luck finding a rental agency with it even listed. As I remember, it had an excellent story line...

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Release Date:

24 September 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Great Highway See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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