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Jet Pilot (1957)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 1 October 1957 (USA)
Air Force Colonel Jim Shannon is tasked to escort a defecting Soviet pilot who is scheming to lure Shannon to the USSR.

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Complete credited cast:
... Col. Jim Shannon
... Lt. Anna Marladovna Shannon / Olga Orlief
... Maj. Gen. Black
... Maj. Rexford
... FBI Agent George Rivers
... Col. Sokolov
... Col. Matoff
... Gen. Langrad
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Air Force Colonel Shannon is assigned to escort defecting Soviet pilot Anna. He falls in love with her, but she is scheming to lure him back to the USSR. But Shannon has a scheme of his own. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Greatest Air Spectacle of the Jet Age! Earth-shaking, sky-shattering ... SO BIG it took years to make! See more »


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1 October 1957 (USA)  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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The "Soviet parasite fighter" that Shannon flies is actually a Bell X-1, the first supersonic aircraft design in the world. See more »

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Anna was wearing two awards of the "Hero of the Soviet Union" decoration. It is the highest decoration for bravery approximately equal to the "Medal of Honor." A few women, ninety-two, with fifty receiving it posthumously, were awarded it once, but records do not show that any woman ever received it twice. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Anna Marladovna Shannon: Is this a collision course I'm flying?
Col. Jim Shannon: Drop your dive brakes. You're right on top of it.
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Advertising carried the credits "Starring John Wayne, Janet Leigh, and the United States Air Force." See more »

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Featured in The John Wayne Anthology (1991) See more »

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Spies are having fun
4 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

The French title of the film was : 'les espions s'amusent' : Spies have fun.

Which is closer to the real plot.

Janet Leigh who just passed away last Sunday was a very attractive actress and was a credible young Russian pilot cum spy. John Wayne was his usual self. It's a nice and funny little love story about a period which was very dark : the constant growing threat of starting a 3rd world war while senator McCarthy was active in pursuing 'Commies'. Hence the reason why the film was released in 1957. 8 years after it was made.

The technical point of view is also interesting : F89 Scorpion, F86 Sabre, T33 Tbird, B36 huge bomber, F94c night interceptor, B29 Superfortress as the motherplane for the X1 and last but not least, the last flight of the aircraft (Bell X1) which exceeded the speed of sound in 1947 piloted by no less than Chuck Yeager himself.

Some of the aerobatics in F86 supposed to be made by the Duke were actually performed by Chuck and are worth seeing them.

But 55 years after, who cares that the film was actually seen much later than originally thought : Janet Leigh and John Wayne were eight years younger : this is the bonus of the film !


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