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The Resource Flight command, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents a Frank Borzage production ; produced by J. Walter Ruben ; screen play by Wells Root and Commander Harvey Haislip ; original story, Commander Harvey Haislip and John Sutherland ; directed by Frank Borzage, (DVD)

Flight command, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents a Frank Borzage production ; produced by J. Walter Ruben ; screen play by Wells Root and Commander Harvey Haislip ; original story, Commander Harvey Haislip and John Sutherland ; directed by Frank Borzage, (DVD)

Label
Flight command
Title
Flight command
Statement of responsibility
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents a Frank Borzage production ; produced by J. Walter Ruben ; screen play by Wells Root and Commander Harvey Haislip ; original story, Commander Harvey Haislip and John Sutherland ; directed by Frank Borzage
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Language
eng
Summary
"Navy 'Hell Cat' squadron commander Bill Gary is happy that his wife Lorna is strong and doesn't break down after the death of one of the Hell Cats. Lorna, however, confides in her brother, Jerry Banning, who is also a Hell Cat, that she is worried about Bill. The new squad recruit, Ensign Alan Drake, a recent graduate of Pensacola who is elated with his new assignment, flies hurriedly to San Diego and is forced to abandon his plane in a dense fog. He safely parachutes into the water and goes to a house, which happens to be Bill's, and is greeted by Lorna, who is amused to pretend that she only vaguely knows about the squad. When Bill meets Drake at the base, Bill laces into Drake for not following orders about [jettisoning] the plane sooner, but tells him that there isn't a man in the fleet who could have done better. As maneuvers and training advance, Drake, who is named 'Pensacola' by the men, becomes estranged from them because of his cockiness. At first, only Jerry befriends him, but after a social gathering at Bill and Lorna's house, during which Pensacola finally discovers Lorna's real identity, Pensacola becomes part of the team, and soon begins to help Jerry with an anti-fog device. When Jerry thinks it is perfected, he decides to test it in a dense fog himself, despite Pensacola's concerns. Everything works well until the landing, when the instrument suddenly fails, causing Jerry to crash. On his way to the hospital, Jerry tells Pensacola that there was something wrong with the direction needle, then offers the device to him to perfect. At the hospital, Bill gives little solace to Lorna, thinking she is strong enough to take it, but Pensacola comforts her. Ten days later, just after Pensacola has perfected the device, some of the men ask him to visit Lorna because she is very depressed and Bill was called away just after Jerry's death. Lorna is touched by Pensacola's kindness and similarity to Jerry, and they start to spend time together. One night, as they are dining at an out-of-the-way restaurant, one of the Hell Cats, Dusty Rhodes, sees them together and suspects the worst. When they run into some of the other Hell Cats, Lorna suddenly feels ashamed of her attraction to Pensacola. Later she thanks him for his kindness, but inexplicably says that they should not see each other again. The next day, when Bill returns, she tells him that she is not the courageous woman he thinks and is leaving him to think things over. Though Bill is devastated, he doesn't tell her, and only confides in Dusty, who thinks that Pensacola is to blame. The men then confront Pensacola and ask him to leave. Despite his innocence, Pensacola doesn't want to stay with a squad that would suspect him of breaking up a marriage, and give his resignation without explanation to Bill, who asks him to stay through their upcoming maneuvers. Immediately after maneuvers end, the squad is sent on a rescue mission for a downed aircraft. Bill's plane gets an oil leak, forcing him to break formation, and despite Bills orders, Pensacola follows. When Bill crash-lands on a beach, Pensacola goes after him and takes the injured Bill on his own plane. Because of a dense fog, Pensacola must use Jerry's device to land, and is successfully able to guide the other planes as well. After they land, Dusty sends Lorna a telegram telling her that Bill is critically injured, and when she sees Bill in the hospital, they reconcile. After Lorna tells Dusty the truth about Pensacola, Dusty apologizes and asks Pensacola to stay because he is a true Hell Cat"--
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Assigning source
AFI catalog, 1931-1940
Cataloging source
AU@
Characteristic
videorecording
Credits note
Assistant director, Lew Borzage; director of photography, Harold Rosson; art director, Cedric Gibbons; art director associate, Urie McCleary; editor, Robert J. Kern; set decoration, Edwin B. Willis; women's wardrobe, Dolly Tree; men's wardrobe, Gile Steele; music score, Franz Waxman; recording director, Douglas Shearer; special effects, Arnold Gillespie; technical advisor, Comdr., U.S.N. Morton Seligman
LC call number
PN1997.2
LC item number
.F55 2010
PerformerNote
Robert Taylor (Ensign Alan Pensacola Drake); Ruth Hussey (Lorna Gary); Walter Pidgeon (Squadron Comdr. Bill Gary); Paul Kelly (Lieut. Comdr. Dusty Rhodes); Shepperd Strudwick (Lieut. Jerry Banning); Red Skelton (Lieut. Mugger Martin); Nat Pendleton (C.P.O. Spike Knowles); Dick Purcell (Lieut. Stitchy Payne); William Tannen (Lieut. Freddy Townsend); William Stelling (Lieut. Bush); Stanley Smith (Lieut. Frost); Addison Richards (vice admiral); Donald Douglas (1st duty officer); Pat Flaherty (2nd duty officer); Forbes Murray (captain); Marsha Hunt (Claire); Lee Tung-Foo (Jung); John Hamilton (Pensacola commandant); Gaylord Pendleton, James Millican (enlisted men); John Sheehan (mechanic); Otto Han (Gogo); Irving Bacon (taxi driver); Albert Morin (waiter); Claire Owen (Mrs. Frost); Reed Hadley (admiral's aide); George Offerman, Jr. (small sailor); Dick Wessel (big sailor); James Seay, Walter Sande (officers); Gayne Whitman (doctor); John Raitt, Ed Smith, Cliff Danielson, Howard Wilson, Hal le Seur, Gilbert Wilson, Jack Luden, Bob Davis (Hell Cats)
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1911-1969
  • 1911-2005
  • 1897-1984
  • 1899-1956
  • 1907-1983
  • 1895-1967
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  • Borzage, Frank
  • Ruben, J. Walter
  • Root, Wells
  • Haislip, Harvey
  • Taylor, Robert
  • Hussey, Ruth
  • Pidgeon, Walter
  • Kelly, Paul
  • Strudwick, Shepperd
  • Pendleton, Nat
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • Warner Home Video (Firm)
  • Turner Entertainment Co
Runtime
115
Series statement
Warner archive collection
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • United States
  • United States
  • Air pilots
  • Army spouses
  • Air pilots
  • Army spouses
  • Naval Air Station Pensacola (Fla.)
  • Florida
  • Florida
Technique
live action
Label
Flight command, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents a Frank Borzage production ; produced by J. Walter Ruben ; screen play by Wells Root and Commander Harvey Haislip ; original story, Commander Harvey Haislip and John Sutherland ; directed by Frank Borzage, (DVD)
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Publication
Note
  • Originally issued as a motion picture: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1940
  • Originally distributed by Loew's Inc
  • "This disc is expected to play back in DVD video 'play only' devices, and may not play back in other DVD devices, including recorders and PC drives"--Container
  • Cast and crew credits supplied from: AFI catalog, 1931-1940
  • Includes original trailer
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Edition
Remastered edition.
Extent
1 videodisc (115 min.)
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
883316290507
Other physical details
sound, black and white
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • 1642696
  • (OCoLC)743533788
  • (OCoLC)ocn743533788
  • 1642696
System details
DVD ; full screen (4x3, 1.33:1) ; Dolby digital 2.0 remastered from a mono. soundtrack
Video recording format
DVD
Label
Flight command, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents a Frank Borzage production ; produced by J. Walter Ruben ; screen play by Wells Root and Commander Harvey Haislip ; original story, Commander Harvey Haislip and John Sutherland ; directed by Frank Borzage, (DVD)
Publication
Note
  • Originally issued as a motion picture: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1940
  • Originally distributed by Loew's Inc
  • "This disc is expected to play back in DVD video 'play only' devices, and may not play back in other DVD devices, including recorders and PC drives"--Container
  • Cast and crew credits supplied from: AFI catalog, 1931-1940
  • Includes original trailer
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Edition
Remastered edition.
Extent
1 videodisc (115 min.)
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
883316290507
Other physical details
sound, black and white
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • 1642696
  • (OCoLC)743533788
  • (OCoLC)ocn743533788
  • 1642696
System details
DVD ; full screen (4x3, 1.33:1) ; Dolby digital 2.0 remastered from a mono. soundtrack
Video recording format
DVD

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