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Flight Command (1940)

Passed | | Drama, War | 27 December 1940 (USA)
A rookie flyer, Ens. Alan Drake, joins the famous Hellcats Squadron right out of flight school in Pensacola. He doesn't make a great first impression when he is forced to ditch his airplane... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

Wells Root (screen play), Harvey S. Haislip (screen play) (as Commander Harvey Haislip) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Taylor ... Ens. Alan Drake
Ruth Hussey ... Lorna Gary
Walter Pidgeon ... Sq. Cmdr. Billy Gary
Paul Kelly ... Lt. Cmdr. 'Dusty' Rhodes
Shepperd Strudwick ... Lt. Jerry Banning
Red Skelton ... Lt. 'Mugger' Martin
Nat Pendleton ... CPO 'Spike' Knowles
Dick Purcell ... Lt. 'Stichy' Payne
William Tannen ... Lt. Freddy Townsend
William Stelling ... Lt. Bush
Stanley Smith ... Lt. Frost
Addison Richards ... Vice Admiral
Donald Douglas ... 1st Duty Officer
Pat Flaherty ... 2nd Duty Officer
Forbes Murray ... Captain
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Storyline

A rookie flyer, Ens. Alan Drake, joins the famous Hellcats Squadron right out of flight school in Pensacola. He doesn't make a great first impression when he is forced to ditch his airplane and parachute to safety when he arrives at the base but is unable to land due to heavy fog. On his first official outing, his poor shooting skills results in the Hellcats losing an air combat competition. His fellow pilots accept him anyway but they think he's crossed the line when they erroneously conclude that while their CO Billy Gray is away, Drake has an affair with his wife Lorna. Drake is now an outcast and is prepared to resign from the Navy but his extreme heroism in saving Billy Gray's life turns things around. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alas en la niebla See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 24, 1941 with Robert Taylor, Ruth Hussey and Walter Pidgeon reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

When Rhodes is acknowledges Drake via his radio while Drake is on the beach his first response is Plane 4 aye aye! That is an incorrect use of the phrase aye aye. Aye aye means that someone (usually a subordinate) heard an order and it will be carried out. It would never be used as radio greeting. And in this film it's misused more than once. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Miracle of Sound (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Eyes of the Fleet
(1939)
Music and Lyrics by J.V. McElduff, Lieut. Comdr. U.S.N.
Played as part of the score
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Likable but routine aerial story about a flight cadet who must prove himself...
6 February 2010 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

ROBERT TAYLOR plays a cocky air cadet who must prove to his commander and teammates that he's really a good guy when their perception of him is unclear due to a few plot circumstances.

WALTER PIDGEON plays the commander with his usual poise and elegance, smoothly mature as the husband of RUTH HUSSEY. Hussey has never had a better share of close-ups but her role is really peripheral to the main story of camaraderie among the men.

Frank Borzage has directed with a good eye for the aerial sequences during the period just before WWII. Carriers with planes landing on them and various formations while on maneuvers are all well photographed and realistically presented.

Taylor gives an admirable performance in the kind of role that would have gone to John Payne if the film had been made at Fox. His subtle awareness of how the men perceive him (after a misunderstanding) shows that he was capable of being more than just a pretty face.

Although well done and enjoyable to watch, the script prevents it from being anything more than a routine aerial film with some nice touches.


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