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Men Against the Sky (1940)

Alcoholic pilot struggles to turn his life around.

Director:

Leslie Goodwins

Writers:

Nathanael West (screenplay), John Twist (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Dix ... Phil Mercedes
Kent Taylor ... Martin Ames
Edmund Lowe ... Dan McLean
Wendy Barrie ... Kay Mercedes, aka Kay Green
Granville Bates ... Mr. Burdett
Grant Withers ... Mr. Grant
Donald Briggs ... Dick Allerton
Charles Quigley ... Flynn
Selmer Jackson ... Capt. Sanders
Lee Bonnell Lee Bonnell ... Capt. Wallen
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Storyline

Alcoholic pilot struggles to turn his life around.

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Taglines:

SCREAMING OUT OF THE STRATOSPHERE---the world's fastest pursuit ship...to make aviation has-been a hero...if he pulls out of murderous-dive alive! (original print ad)


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A l'assaut des cieux See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Features 1935 original Hughes H-1 RACER, Transcontinental non-stop speed record 1937-01-19, 2,490 miles at avg. speed 332 mph over 7 hr.,28min.,25 sec., currently located at National Air & Space Museum and also featured in the recent movie "The Aviator." See more »

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Use of Hughes H-1 Racer in RKO movie
16 August 2006 | by rmlmSee all my reviews

I just saw Men Against the Sky on TCM. Has anyone ever commented on the use of the Hughes H-1 racer as the experimental plane in that picture? Hughes broke the land speed record with it in 1935, reaching the amazing, for that time, speed of 350+ mph. The movie was made in 1940. I assume the shots in the film were taken during the testing of the H-1 five years earlier. That plane is now in the Smithsonian. I was surprised that no mention of this use ever came out during the publicity for the Hughes Biopic, The Aviator. Men Against the Sky was an RKO picture, and I think Howard Hughes was connected the that studio. There was no mention of Hughes in the closing credits of the film. Paul Mantz, noted movie pilot was the aviation consultant on the film.


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