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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Col. Jim Shannon
Janet Leigh ... Lt. Anna Marladovna Shannon / Olga Orlief
Jay C. Flippen ... Maj. Gen. Black
Paul Fix ... Maj. Rexford
Richard Rober ... FBI Agent George Rivers
Roland Winters ... Col. Sokolov
Hans Conried ... Col. Matoff
Ivan Triesault ... Gen. Langrad
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Düsenjäger See more »

Filming Locations:

Riverside, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Airfield scenes set in the Soviet Union were actually filmed on the main flightline at Edwards AFB, which appeared suitably primitive. See more »

Goofs

When Anna's plane flames out, it would have no thrust, so it should immediately start to slow down and lose altitude, and Jim would notice right away. But he doesn't notice, and Anna has to tell him that she has flamed out. The two jets keep flying smoothly in close formation, revealing that we're actually seeing film of two jets both under power. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Anna Marladovna Shannon: [When asked why a fellow Russian has ejected from an aircraft sitting on the runway] He made a mistake. He pulled the seat ejector instead of the seat adjuster.
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Crazy Credits

Advertising carried the credits "Starring John Wayne, Janet Leigh, and the United States Air Force." See more »

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A waste
16 December 2004 | by oilerbluelineSee all my reviews

The aerial footage is nice, but once people start talking, the film goes into a tailspin. The plot seems as though it was made up as they went along (on a few occasions, I thought a reel must be missing) and I don't think I'm giving anything away (like there was any suspense anyway) by saying John Wayne must really love Janet Leigh to stay with her after she pistol whips him. Twice. It's unintentionally hilarious but unbelievably bad. I always like Hans Conreid, but he doesn't show up until the very end. All of the other actors in the film have a wooden presentation, as though they brought in actual air force officers to appear in the film. And if the U.S. military really hatched a plan like this, there should be courts martial all around.


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