Matt Brennan runs into Jo Holloway, the Red Cross girl he romanced in Europe when he was a flyer in World War II, when he is offered a job by jet manufacturer Leland Willis as a test pilot....
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Frederick De Cordova
Matt Brennan runs into Jo Holloway, the Red Cross girl he romanced in Europe when he was a flyer in World War II, when he is offered a job by jet manufacturer Leland Willis as a test pilot. Carl Troxell, wants to sell an escape cockpit to the Air Force. He wants Matt to stall the presentation of JA-3 the prototype that doesn't include the ejection seat, to give him more time for the experimental JA-4. But Matt doesn't believe it is yet safe enough to try.Written by
The German "jet" fighter that is encountered during the B-17 bombing mission is actual wartime footage of a Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet, a rocket-powered interceptor which, at the time, was the fastest aircraft in the world. See more »
A shortest-distance flight from Nome, Alaska, to Washington, DC, would not go over the North Pole. It would pass over the Yukon and Northwest Territories of Canada, as well as the provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario. Furthermore, such a flight would pass a considerable distance from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. A major plot point in the picture involves the JA-3's flying over the Pole, and Harrisburg is mentioned twice during the flight as being in the path. See more »
Bless 'em All
Written by Fred Godfrey (1917)
Revised lyrics by Jimmy Hughes and Frank Lake (1940)
Additional lyrics by Al Stillman (1941)
Sung by various characters at the cafe with piano accompaniment
Also sung by various characters at the party with piano accompaniment
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Hot plane, fast flying, some romance. Not a "Bogie" flick.
Chain Lightning is pretty clearly riding the early '50's interest which arose from the disclosure of Yeager's shattering of the sound barrier in '46. The plane Bogie flies is visually a cross between the Bell X1 and X2. (Paned flush windscreen, but swept wings.) "This is the JA-3, position 300 miles to the north of you...Oops! Just passed you." It's not really a Bogie movie, it's one of the first hot-plane movies. I liked it a lot, since I was a hot-plane fan as a little kid. Bogie does OK, certainly. Little details like the perforations in the bottom of his faceplate (in a "pressure suit"!) rather hint that some members of the crew didn't quite understand what they were creating, but I'd rather watch him trying to shake off that stuck rocket booster or land dead stick than sit through another run down some Death Star trench:). It fits into the genre occupied by The Dam Busters and 663 Squadron, fast flying, but none of their "combat" content. The people support the hardware adequately:).
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